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Ways To Relieve Stress; How To Stay Grounded In A Stressful World

Updated on November 14, 2013

We live in a stressful world. Fortunately there are simple, easy steps we can take to reduce stress in our lives. In fact, sometimes reading or listening to stress relief methods can help us to feel calmer and enable us to stay grounded in everyday life. We can't eliminate stress completely from our lives, but how we define it, think about it and manage it can make a difference in every aspect of our lives.

"Get Your Head Out Of The Clouds"

Stay grounded mentally
Stay grounded mentally

Ways To Relieve Stress and Stay Grounded Mentally

Have you ever heard the phrases, "Keep your feet on the ground", "stay grounded in the here and now", "get your head out of the clouds", or "back to planet earth"? These are all reminders to keep ourselves grounded, secure, realistic, connected, centered and focused. We give mental support to our minds by keeping them clear of clutter, dirt and debris, just as we strive to keep our homes clean and clutter free. Controlling our thought life is the first step to relieve stress mentally.

Just Say No List

I'm convinced that humans think too much. Our brains have enough to do without adding stress by allowing unnecessary , self-sabotaging thoughts. It helps to set up boundaries and to filter your thoughts. Make your own list of Just Say No thoughts and be vigilant when a nagging thought from the list approaches. After some practice, it becomes easier to ignore these unwanted thoughts by dismissing them as non-essential. Just say no.

Meditation Helps Us Stay Grounded

Meditation



It has been proven through brain research that even small amounts of time spent in a meditative state helps to relieve stress and calm the central nervous system. Meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly for five or ten minutes thinking about nothing in particular, closing your eyes and focusing on what you 'see', listening to meditative music while sitting still. I've even managed a meditative state on the treadmill while focusing on the blue sky, trees and water in my back yard. Making it a habit is the hardest part. It helps to set aside a certain amount of time each day for at least two weeks whether you want to or not. Meditation can help to ground us in this stressful world. Nothing worthy is gained without some degree of effort.

Healthy Food Choices

Healthy food is fuel for your body
Healthy food is fuel for your body

Stress Reducing Foods

Ways To Relieve Stress And Stay Grounded Physically

Healthy Food Is Fuel For The Body

Our physical body is built to endure considerable amounts of stress provided we are nourishing it with essential nutrients and vitamins it needs to perform well. It's ability to convert nutrients into energy is dependent upon the quality, quantity and frequency of food intake. Healthy food is excellent fuel for our body. It's important to eat fresh, 'live' foods such as cultured yogurt and sprouts, both of which can be made and grown at home. Fresh fruits, nuts, seeds and protein rich foods are excellent foods to help relieve stress.

  • lean meats
  • fish
  • low -fat cheese
  • tofu
  • eggs
  • beans
  • whole grains
  • root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, beets, onions
  • water

It is best to stay away from high-fat, high-calorie, sugary foods and drinks which can have an over-stimulating effect on the nervous system. Local, fresh, organic foods are generally the best choices. Some people find it helps to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day.

Relieve Stress With Yoga

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Exercise And Be Active


Daily exercise helps the body to regulate itself and to strengthen and balance the physical body, including the brain. Some of the exercises that help relieve stress and help us stay grounded include:

  • walking
  • hiking
  • biking
  • gardening
  • backpacking
  • yoga, tai chi
  • swimming
  • dancing
  • working out

Anything done outside gives the added benefit of fresh air and the beauty of nature. If you have work-out machines, use them or join a club if it helps to have a routine, plus the added benefit of social contact.

"I Like To Move It, Move It"

There are also many great ways to exercise and use your body without equipment. The song "I Like To Move It" comes to mind. (I know, a little nerve wracking, but fun; a little craziness is a great stress reliever.) Enjoy!

If you haven't exercised for a while and feel especially stressed, it's always best to consult with a doctor first just to be on the safe side. Your medical professional will be able to suggest the best exercises for your current condition. Some companies now have an exercise program as part of their wellness program. Look into it and see what is available.

If finances are an issue, many fitness clubs, including YMCAs will determine a payment fee based on your income. Otherwise, make a plan of what you want to do at home and perhaps find a work-out partner.

Relieve Stress With Photography

Capture beauty with a camera
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Paint Away Your Stress

Colors and brushstrokes can be calming
Colors and brushstrokes can be calming

Yesterday is gone.

Tomorrow has not come.

We have only today. Let us begin. ~ Mother Teresa

Activities To Help Relieve Stress

Anything that involves making things with our hands also helps to relieve stress, unless you're trying to assemble a preschoolers bike at midnight on Christmas Eve. ( I'm sure most parents have one of these stories!) The following activities are all fantastic stress relievers and help to keep us grounded. I've heard that playing drums is an excellent way to balance the brain and release tension.

  • Pottery,
  • carpentry,
  • photography,
  • knitting,
  • artwork,
  • crafting,
  • writing,
  • playing a musical instrument,
  • finger painting,
  • sculpting with clay or play-dough


Find or choose something you love to do or take a free class at the local library. There are many free resources available when you start looking through the newspaper or google 'free activities' in your area. You're worth the time

Everyone Needs A Friend

Take time for friends and play
Take time for friends and play

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live. ~

Margaret Fuller

Ways To Relieve Stress And Stay Grounded In Our Soul

Social Contact Is Important

Humans are social beings. We have the ability and need to communicate with others. More people are now working from their homes or may be faced with illness or a condition which keeps them at home. Millions are faced with unemployment and may be experiencing isolation or depression.  Our souls need ways to feel relief and calm.

It's important to make social contact with friends and or family to help relieve stress. It's always fun to invite a friend over for a meal or make a simple coffee date just to get out of the house and be around people. Even if you go by yourself, sitting at a local coffee shop or cafe can often lead to a casual conversation with someone. Who knows, it could be a great way to meet a new friend or a potential job lead. Go to the local park, or beach, the mall, anywhere you like to go where there are people.

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Give And Receive- It Works

Join a club of interest. There are clubs for just about every thing. We feel better about ourselves when we feel we have the right to be in this world and contribute. Each of us have strengths and talents that we can share with others. Stress is relieved when we're around others who share our passions or causes. It helps ground us when we can be connected to others and give of ourselves.

If you're in a situation where you need support and assistance, use your local resources to find and receive the best help. Churches often reach out to the community to help those in need. One of your friends, co-workers or family members may be more than willing to help you figure out your finances or brainstorm job opportunities or simply be a listening ear while sharing family concerns.

Love
Love

Breathe In And Have Gratitude

In conclusion, we can't get away from discussing ways to relieve stress and stay grounded without mentioning our breath life. When we are more conscious of our breathing and focus on breathing deeper, fuller breaths, we begin to notice a change in our bodies. Deep breaths help to oxygenate the blood. Exhaling fully helps to eliminate the toxins from our systems. Even taking one conscious breath is grounding and relaxing. It's free and can be done anywhere, anytime.

Gratitude for what we have in our lives can be an enormous stress reliever. It helps us stay grounded in a stressful world when we remember what we have. It's nice to have a gratitude list and to look at it often, especially during stressful times. Things come and go in our lives. People come and go. Locations change. Keep life simple with gratitude.

Stress Relief Tips And Exercises

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      I also believe that people think to much about insignificant things, because we get incredibly many impressions all the time! Everything that moves and sounds around us and demands our attention wearied the brain! And with all that stress in out lives we certainly use this good tips! Voted up! You have put it all together in a clear way!

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Lovely Rebekah! Great information to live by..I try :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Excellent hub on stress. You really had a lot of great suggestions. Rated up!

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thank you thougtforce. I do agree that we all think too much. sometimes we simply have brain overload and our body tells us! I'm glad you found the hub helpful. thanks!

      @thanks Green. so nice to see you. I know, we try and do the best we can. we take time to take care of us, so we don't forget to live fully. :]

      @thank you Pam. thanks for reading and glad you found it helpful. :=

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      evilia_lim 6 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

      A very complete hub about relieving stress. Two thumbs up, Rebekahelle:)

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      What a useful hub this is! Thanks :-)

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      CrisKat 6 years ago

      Lovely hub Rebekah! a little bit of chocolate a day also helps :)

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thank you evilia, De Greek and Chris. yes, we can't forget our chocolate! the good stuff is full of antioxidants and it just tastes yummy. :) thanks for sharing!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      You've done a wonderful job here, rebekahELLE! I often use meditation to quiet those constant thoughts.

      Thanks so much!

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      Susan Keeping 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Excellent advice. I let myself get too stressed out over things I really can't change, it's a terrible habit.

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      Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

      Good stuff!

      Thanx for sharing.

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Well rounded, positive advice Rebekah--can I join your treadmill fitness club. The view sounds perfect and do you serve hot chocolate? =:)

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thanks lorelie, that's great that you meditate often. just think how different our world could be if everyone took time each day? :]

      @UW, thanks for reading. unfortunately, being a part of the human species, we all have some terrible habit which holds us back. := my father used to tell us that worrying about things we can't change is wasting our life. sometimes that's hard to change, but I hope some of the advice can help!

      @thanks rastamermaid for reading and taking time to leave a comment. I like your name and avatar!

      @thanks winsome. oh sure, you're very welcome to join my treadmill fitness club! we'll have to take turns. hot chocolate sounds great, but we may have to wait for a cool spell... which can't happen until after my son's wedding in early Nov. ;) thanks for visiting the other coast! :]

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      NCBIer 6 years ago

      Great hub! Stress is unavoidable, and maybe a little bit is actually a good thing. Relieving stress is so important though and your advice is right on the mark. So thorough. I feel more relaxed just reading it. Thank you!

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      rui paiva 6 years ago from Somewhere in the world

      Excellent hub. Stress is one of mental health problems more serious than our time. Will disabling the person slowly. Thanks for sharing good ideas to combat the daily stress.Thanks. :)

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Great hub. Stress is such a problem but we must try to alleviate it and live our lives with out this emotion.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great tips - healthy eating, exercise, controlling your thoughts and keeping busy seem to be the best ways to control stress.

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      hasian 6 years ago

      Lovely great information..........

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thanks NC, yes, 'they' say a bit of stress is good for us and that makes sense to me. It's simply learning to manage it well and use it to our advantage. thanks for reading.

      thank you for reading rui paiva. I'm glad you found the tips helpful.

      @acaetnna, thank you for reading and leaving a comment. The good thing is there is information to help us relieving the stress in our lives.

      good to see you KKG, I always enjoy seeing your name and avatar, so warm and friendly. thanks for reading.

      thanks hasian for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment. :]

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      How 2 be healthy 6 years ago from at the moment: Thailand

      useful hub, Thank you Rebekah, we all need ways and tools to handle stress, and by sharing our useful contents, we make a change. Nice to see how many people start changing their lives and follow a more gentle lifestyle.

      May you all be happy and healthy. Namaste

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome hub I voted up. Thanks for spreading the word on the many ways that one can de-stress. Beautiful.

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful Hub. I plan on returning to it often. :)

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      What a great time of year to learn ways to relieve stress and how to stay grounded in a stressful world. I love it! Thanks for the great resource on stress relief! I'm book marking this and rating it all that is good :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      This is really excellently put together and a great subject as Katie says for this time of year!

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thanks everyone! we all need to be reminded at some point.. so much to do and sometimes we forget to take that much needed time to de-stress. I hope everyone has a great holiday season!

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      jennyjenny 6 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

      What a lovely Hub! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      I am the type of person who gets stressed easily. Nice article.

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      Camlo De Ville 6 years ago from Cologne, Germany

      Hi Rebekah!

      Good advice in this Hub.

      As you say, playing the drums is a great way to balance the brain and relieve tension. Well, I don't play drums, but I get the same effect by vigorous dancing and singing. Music is a great way of relieving stress, as well as depression and sluggishness.

      I also have a job that can be quite stressful at times, one where no matter how fast you work, it's not fast enough. This can lead to panic, and when I feel that happening, I just take a deep breath, and slower my pace. It sounds paradox, but it actually leads to working more effectively, which, in turn, gets everything done faster -- a simple thing like one, deep breath.

      Enjoyed the read!

      All the best, Camlo

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      starme77 6 years ago

      and goin to a hot tub .... yeah.... music.... good food .... and a hot tub .... the best of all worlds :_)

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      J Sunhawk 6 years ago from South Carolina

      My wife is a Tai Chi instructor and finds the Tai Chi sword form a good way to relieve stress.

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Stress or rather distess is a constant chestnut that needs eternal vigilance.. well done more good tips...

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thanks barry and hubbers,

      yes, stress is all around us and sometimes within us. I often wonder about people who are always angry if they realize how stressful it is to their bodies and minds. I'm glad there are ways to help us relieve the stress in our lives so that we can live a more balanced and enjoyable life, regardless of our circumstances.

      Happy new year to you and your families. :]

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Voted useful. Good hub, thanks for this advice, i'll stick to writing, it seems to work for me.

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      Mandeeadair 6 years ago from California

      Great hub! So useful and well needed! :) thank you!

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      The Farmers Wife 6 years ago from Turkey

      Thanks Rebekah, Just reading through made me feel less stressed. I will take 10 mins out tomorrow and let my mind wander free :-)

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I can feel the stress floating away now!!.....excellent hubpage!

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thanks, guys and gals for reading. we all need a stress relief break now and then. it's amazing how reading about it can help. Even taking a 10 meditation break can make a huge difference in our day. wishing you peace and a great 2011. :]

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Great hub! Thanks for all the info. Rated up and beautiful. Keep writing and looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Renee Hanlon 6 years ago from Michigan

      All of these are great tips! I especially like the reference to the song "I like to move it". I go to a jazzercise class almost every morning where I just dance away any stressers. I also love doing crafts, which I would agree is another stress reliever.

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      Very nice how you did the layout, loaded with good tips.

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks for the comments, and I'm glad you found this hub helpful. It is a stressful world out there and we sure need to take time to take care of ourselves. Peace.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub that I am sure many will benefit from.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Rebekah, thanks for sharing this so we can review your excellent advice. I have done many of your suggestions recently. I wrote a song "Once in a Lifetime" while riding my bicycle and performed it at the "open mic" coffee house when I arrived. Now I am sitting restfully after a fine Panini steak sandwich with apple and preparing to drive down to Malibu for a bike ride down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway.) If I had a helmet skype cam you could put your laptop on your treadmill and you could be my work-out partner. All my best. =:)

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      rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      I would love to hear your song! That's awesome that you performed it at the coffee house. The bicycle ride along PCH sounds amazing. It really is one of the most beautiful highways in the USA. Enjoy. I'll be waiting to hear your song. Thanks for stopping by! Always happy to see you.

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting hub RebekahELLE. It is all to easy to let stress get the better of us. I was feeling low energy yesterday afternoon, but I made myself go for a walk in our local park and got chatting with a very pleasant lady who was bringing her canal boat through the canal lock with her husband. So if you make an effort, all kinds of nice things can happen to brighten your day

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      Cindy Vine 5 years ago from Cape Town

      You're right Hypno, when you feel stressed, take a walk.

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      Bredavies 5 years ago

      I am a stress-a-holic. Thank you. This hub will help a lot in my journey toward a healthier life.

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      sav 5 years ago

      love it

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      RedSturtz 5 years ago from A land far far away....

      Some great tips here. Especially eating healthy food - your body feels sluggish and yucky if you eat too much junk.

      Putting yourself in a better position (money or job wise)is a great way to relieve stress, even if you have to take a demotion.

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      kozmo 5 years ago

      You are so right about meditation helping with stress. We should all teach our children from an early age as well. This world is so hectic and we need to take control of our own space and time. Thanks for the wonderful information.

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      Xinox Leugim 5 years ago from Philippines

      This hub is just so timely when the world we live today really stimulates a lot of stress. I don't know if it's age related or simply due to stress that I noticed my memory already fails me, I had a kind of memory lapse from time to time. It totally frustrates me now when there are times when my mind seems to be at a halt that remembering things seems already so hard; even things I've done just awhile ago do I forget in a snap. I had really noticed that, so different when I was younger when memorizing and remembering were never a difficult thing to do. Could it be attributable to information overload or simply due to stress I experience in my job? Nonetheless, while stress befall on me most of the time, I guess am quick to cope up with it with my not so worrisome attitude. Perhaps, one of the best ways to discard stress is to evade from anxiety.

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      icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

      well done Rebekah, loved adding 'l like to move it' voted up

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      brennawelker 5 years ago

      Very useful article.Thanks for the great ideas, rebekahELLE

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      Teri Silver 5 years ago from The Buckeye State

      Excellent piece. We make ourselves crazy when we tell ourselves that we "should," "ought," and "must." Every day is a new day.

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      rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Hubbers, thanks for all the great comments! I think sometimes we fall into the stress routine rather than choosing to rearrange our thoughts and see with a different perspective. We also take ourselves out of the 'now' and are either hung up in the past or worried about the future. All we can do is what we decide to do in this moment.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      I voted this "awesome." Such a natural and completely holistic approach. I'll grow with it!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This hub is not only well-written and useful, it's also beautiful! What a well-rounded look at happy living. I'm happy you mentioned rejecting negative thoughts, healthy eating, exercise, friends and giving back among others. Now if we could just do it all! Great reminders...thanks so much.

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Rebekah Thank you for sharing your thoughts about stress. You covered all the areas of help, even the importance of eating the right foods. I know that berries for the brain helps keep our brains sharp. The most difficult area for me is getting rid of those thoughts that interfere, and you have good ideas for those issues. Sharing,, Blessings, Audrey

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