Best Easy Ways to Lower Your Stress

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Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it does not occur, you have worried in vain. If it does occur, you have worried twice.

— Anonymous

Reduce Stress - Live Longer and Better

1. Ponder, pray and/or meditate daily and be sure to have time alone to yourself every day of the year. No exceptions.

2. Pick a standard bed time and go to bed on time - whatever time of the 24 hour day you end your usual day. Pick one time and pretty much stick to it, except for special events and circumstances. Studies of restaurant workers that worked variable shits have found increased mental and physical health risks among them. I would close one night at 1:00 am and be required to come back at 6:00am the following morning, then 11am - 7pm the next day, 6:00 am the following morning, close the next night until 1:00 am and open the next morning at 6:00 am. Two weeks without a day off, then 2-3 days off and another 2 weeks of irregular schedules. This contributed to my first migraine.

3. Awaken and rise on time or early at the start of your day - whenever that may be - in order to begin the day unrushed. It is NOT true that people on a different inner clock and work the late shift are lazy not to get up at 6:00 am. This is said be folks that need a reason to criticize others in order to life themselves sup in the of any who are fooled by this nonsense.

4. Learn to say "No" LEGITIMATELY to projects that won't fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental or physical health. Don't try to get out of your responsibilities, but don't let yourself be overworked, either. I worked in an education facility that employed 12 people. Seven of them were direct-client contact personnel. My supervisor became angry with the others and to "teach them a lesson" piled all their work on me. Because the system was disorganized, I was able to streamline procedures, but I still worked to many hours. The final result is that the six other people, including my supervisor, were laid off. A byproduct is that I learned to say "No" in that system after I was left alone with all the clients.

5. Delegate tasks to others that can handle them well.

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Reduce Stress - Simplify and Organize

6. Simplify your life and Go Green.

7. Less is more, very often, but not always. One is often not enough, and two are often too many. Nonlinearly and abstractly, sometimes ONE is TWO TOO MANY!

8. Allow extra time to do things and to travel to destinations.

9. Schedule and pace yourself. Spread out larger changes and difficult projects over a fair amount of time; but do not foot-drag or string things out to "make work." That's not honest to yourself or others.

10. Function in the moment. As AA says, take one day at a time. But, do not fail to plan where planning is best used - career planning and such.

11. Do not worry over your concerns. Remember the Serenity Prayer - you cannot control everything and you do not deserve the power to do so. No one does.

12. Live within your budget. Money is not everything, but only a tool.

13. Have backups; a backup of your hard drive, an extra flash drive of important files, an extra car key, an extra house key, etc. There is nothing wrong with having an extra car, either, if you can.

14. KYMS (Keep Your Mouth Shut) - this means do not gossip.

15. Do something for fun - or for your Inner Child if you adopt that notion.

16. Carry something like a notebook for writing, or a favorite book of poems, a Bible, other scriptures, etc. with you to read if you must wait in a line.

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Reduce Stress - Be Healthier and Worry Less

17. Get enough rest during your day - take time alone. In the 1980s, certain factories in the USSR required employees to attend the mediation room 15 minutes before and after work and at lunchtime. It had permanently reclined chairs, aquarium tanks around the walls and dim lighting. Workers Compensation injuries and traffic accidents were markedly reduced by this!

18. Eat a nutritious meal plan that is right for your physical and mental health and activities.

19. Organize your living and work spaces.

20. Listen to a book on tape while driving.

21. Before you lose them, write down thoughts, dreams, and inspirations. On one South Pacific Island, at every breakfast table every morning, all are asked, "What did you dream last night?"

22. Every day, notice something beautiful

23. Handle small problems before they become big ones. Don't be a problem yourself, but don't be anyone's door mat.

24. Make friends with wholesome, like-minded people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite poems, scriptures, and quotations on hand.

26. Find something to dispel an aura of gloom. For Christians, this may be shouting," Jesus." For Muslims, "God is great!"-- He is greater than any problem, anyway. All this certainly startles some opponents, at any rate. Praise Him in all things, advises the Bible, and it dispels gloom and misery - Or, laugh in the face of the problem. -- That can work. Regardless, break a negative aura in your own way. Do not let it continue

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Have courage and be kind.

— Cinderella, 2015

Reduce Stress - Have Fun

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh again.

29. Apply yourself to your work seriously.

30. Forgive.

31. Be kind.

32. Control the excessive need to feel important and be important.

33. Talk less and listen; be aware.

34. Slow down when you need so to do.

35. You are not Fixer of the Universe.

36. Every night, give thanks for one thing that the travails of life have not taken away from you.

Laugh.

Laugh. Laugh. Laugh.

God has a sense of humor. So does the Universe. So did Einstein, John Paul II, and Phil Silvers. You can, too.

In the words of one of my favorite martial artists,

"He can do, she can do - Why not you?"

© 2007 Patty Inglish

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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

Great tips. I recently read about another way to reduce stress at the workplace. Cut out background noise. Apparently, a loud office environment (even hearing a co-worker in the next cubicle on the phone) can raise your stress levels. You should wear noise blocking headphones or listen to music that calms you while working.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks Stacie, I'd forgotten about that and it is one thing that irritates me despite skills for blocking out noice. Sometimes I need REAL quiet. A record of the ocean kept one client from smoking! Thanks very much.


Abhinaya 8 years ago

Absolutely marvelous piece of writing Patty.What is that first picture about?Found it hard to understand.Stress can indeed spoil your future.Thanks for the infomation.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Life and the Universe are full of fire and ice as well as ups and downs - opposites. We can accept that and live as though we are standing in a wide flowing river and going with it at the same time - as we journey, things and people come and go; we can feel the emotions resulting from gain and loss and not be hindered by being stuck in one place by them.


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Great tips, it is the most deadly cause for many diseases, yet we treat it lightly. Whoever fails to follow has to face the consequences. These tips are easy to follow and practice.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you very much cgull8m. You show how it is a simple choice.


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

This hub sure helps with my many new years resolutions...My tip is keep away from stressfull people is always good..But i won't recommend this otherwise i shall always be alone!! lol

Thanks:)


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Good, I'm glad it is useful to you. Many of these items help me a lot.


Wehzo 8 years ago

Another Great, and useful hub Patty. I couldn't agree with you more. I, too, work entirely too much. Thank you for helping me keep my New Year's resolution before me.


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Patty,

This is a great hub and right for the time , we should be able sit down and look back and plan how we can avoid doing this or that. We should not go to pieces, because we did, just plan and organize yourself not to do it again

THE UNIVERSE KNOWS A Spirit has said, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it does not occur, you have worried in vain. If it does occur, you have worried twice."

This is a wonderful piece of advice.

Thank you


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

It brings me a grreat snese of usefulness and purpose that these suggestions are effective for you Wehzo and Marmalade!


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Guru-C 8 years ago

Dear Patty, I love this hubpage!!! In addition to finding ideas I've never encountered before vis a vis stress, such as reserving alone time every day, I was blown away by the statement, "Sometimes one is two too many," which seems like a Zen koan. That may give me hours of meditating pleasure! Wishing you a Very Happy New Year! C.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Yes, one big problem person in one's life can be worse than two with run-of-the-mill concerns! Thsi applies to situations as well...


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

Great stuff, Patty. And what a better time to begin implementing this advice. I smell New Year's resolutions coming...


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you Peter. I look forward to reading a grand first Hub from you in the New Year.


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M. Beck 8 years ago from Parts Unknown

WOW - I can't believe this Hub isn't more popular!I feel more relaxed just having read these ideas. Seriously. I wish I could click th ethumbs up a few more times!"I was able to streamline procedures, but I still worked to many hours. The final result is that the six other people, including my supervisor, were laid off."Ahh... Poetic Justice is the sweetest, is it not? It's unfortunate about the 5 other people, but I suppose any one of them could have streamlined the process too.-M.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you M./ Beck. I must promote this hub more.

It was poetic justice, but all found jobs and applied themselves more fully to them at last I heard of them.

I like the picture at the top best.


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RichR 8 years ago from Nottingham, UK

Hi Patty

Great Hub. We can all benefit from de-stressing. I recently had quite a long period off work due to stress. I had reaches a point where I culdn't possibly cope with everything I had to do and wherever I looked I saw more things needing to be done. I learned a few things as a result of this episode. The 2 major ones are:-

For the first couple of months I was quite dysfunctional and absolutely nothing got done. But guess what. The world didn't end. Nobody died. Perhaps all the things I was stressing about weren't so important after all.

I also discovered that 'me time' is as essential as air or food. If you want to be of use to others, you've got to have some time for yourself. It's not selfish. It's not a luxury. It's an absolute necessity. You can't continue to function unless you have time to recharge.

Cheers

Rich


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

What you say is exactly right, Rich! Thank you for adding to this Hub.


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incomeguru 2 years ago from Lagos

Great hub Patty, it is important we get rid of our stress if we really wants to live healthy, and of course a fulfilled life on earth.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Fulfilled life on earth is important!

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