Friday, March 9, 2012

Coping With Stress

Simple but effective ways of dealing with everyday STRESS:
  • Cultivate gratitude.
  • Begin & end your day with prayer, meditation or reflection.
  • Keep your house picked up.
  • Don't over-schedule yourself.
  • Strive for realistic deadlines.
  • Live up to your word. It's the only thing you can give and still keep. Never make promises you cannot keep.
  • Create quiet surroundings at home & work.
  • Go to bed early at least twice a week.
  • Always carry something interesting to read.
  • B-R-E-A-T-H-E  deeply & often.
  • Move - Walk, dance, run. Find a sport or active hobby you enjoy.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Eat only when hungry.
  • Never deprive yourself. Instead eat in moderation.
  • Set aside one day a week for rest & renewal.
  • Laugh more.
  • Luxuriate your senses - See, smell, touch, taste.
  • Always opt for comfort.
  • If you don't love it, live without it.
  • Let Mother Nature nurture.
  • Ignore the phone during dinner.

  • Stop trying to please everyone.
  • Start pleasing yourself.
  • Stay away from negative people.
  • Don't squander precious resources - time, creative energy, emotions.
  • Nurture friendships.
  • Don't ignore or be afraid of your passion.
  • Approach problems as challenges.
  • Honour your aspirations.
  • Set achievable goals.
  • Surrender expectations.
  • Savour beauty.
  • Create boundaries.
  • For every "yes", let there be a "no".
  • Don't worry about yesterday or tomorrow. Live in the present.
  • Exchange security for serenity.
  • Care for your soul.
  • Cherish your dreams.
  • Express love each day.
  • Search for your Authentic Self until you find it. 
These simple tips can change the way to experience day-to-day life. You must make a conscious effort  to live your best life now. Many were taken from a great book I am reading called "Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort & Joy", written by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Others were based on my overall experiences. I find that giving thanks for the many blessings we are granted daily, helps the day go much better. You seem to have more of a sense of appreciation for simply being alive.  Stress does not have to be a regular part of life, as we are conditioned to think. It kills, so kill it before it kills you!

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