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Stressed Out

Hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and some mental disorders can be directly attributed to being “stressed out”.  Likely, each one reading this is either really stressed today, or you recently had a time when you wondered how you were going to get everything done that was on your “urgent” list and do it without a complete nervous breakdown.

Over the years, we have acquired all kinds of gadgets that were to have helped us to reduce our stress levels, but alas, I fear they have only added to the tensions we face.  With the rise of cell phones, we have access to the internet that tells us instant news from around the whole world.  Our jobs and clients expect instantaneous response since we have the capability to do so through answering a text or tweet. With the rise of activities for our children, easily available transportation for every person, and increasing demands on both parents, tensions are at an all time high.  We do not book “time off” from our demands often enough for our bodies and minds to truly relax and unwind.  Perhaps this list of “how to reduce stress” can help.  I copied it and do not know the person who wrote it since the name was not listed.

18 Proven Stress Reducers

  1. Don’t rely on your memory. Write down appointments, when to pick up the laundry, when library books are due, etc.
  2. Get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning so you don’t start the day feeling frazzled.
  3. Keep a duplicate car key in your wallet. 
  1. An instant cure for most stress: 30 minutes of brisk walking or other aerobic exercise.
  2. Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and erring, for some time in life you will have been all of these.
  3. Say “No, thank you” to extra projects you don’t have the time or energy for. 
  1. Set up contingency plans–just in case, “If either of us is delayed,” “If we get separated in the Mall, here’s what we’ll do…”
  2. Put brain in gear before opening mouth. Before saying anything, ask yourself if what you are about to say is 1 True, 2) Kind, and 3) Necessary.
  3. Stop worrying, If something concerns you, do something about it. If you can’t do anything about it, let it go. 
  1. For everything that goes wrong, there are 50 to 100 blessings. Count them.
  2. Learn to live one day at a time.
  3. Every day, do at least one thing you really enjoy.
  4. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  5. Laugh! 
  1. Remember that the best things in life aren’t things.
  2. Add an ounce of love to everything you do.
  3. If an unpleasant task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over with.
  4. Do one thing at a time. (Copied).