10 Simple Ways to Live a Stress Free Life
Stress is a major problem for many people — a hectic, stressful job, a chaotic home life, bills to worry about, and bad habits such as unhealthy eating, drinking and smoking can lead to a mountain of stress.
If your life is full of stress, like mine once was, there are some simple things you can do to get your life to a more manageable level.
Now, your life will probably never be stress-free — I don’t think that’s even possible, because stress is something that challenges us and helps us grow. At a reasonable level. But when our stress levels get too high, it causes us to be unhappy and unhealthy, cranky, crazy people!!!
It wasn’t that long ago when I was working heaps, with little time for my family, drinking a few to many glasses of Bubbles and eating fatty foods and not exercising. I had a lot of debt and too many bills. I was unhappy and stressed out all the time. My hair was going grey (Shock Horror)!!!! Regular trips to the Hairdresser disguised that, actually that was because of genetics (thanks Mum), but still. I was pretty stressed.
So I made some drastic changes. I cut back my hours. I simplified my life. I started eating healthier and meditating. I began to eliminate my debt. And I learned some habits that, when applied on a daily basis, can really transform the way you live, in a positive way.
How did I do all of this? One thing at a time. I didn’t do a major rehaul of my life. I changed one habit at a time (apparently it takes 30 days for something to become a habit), and gradually a lot of things changed in my life.
I won’t guarantee that all of these will work for you. They worked for me, but each person is different. Pick and choose the ones that will work best for you, and give them a try. One at a time.
1. One thing at a time. This is the simplest and best way to start reducing your stress, and you can start today. Right now. Focus as much as possible on doing one thing at a time. Clear your desk of distractions. Pick something to work on. Need to write a report? Do only that. Remove distractions such as phones (yes that iphone is actually, not permanently attached to you) and Facebook while you’re working on that report. If you’re going to do email, do only that. This takes practice, and you’ll get urges to do other things. Just keep practicing and you’ll get better at it.
2. Simplify your schedule. A hectic schedule is a major cause of high stress. Simplify by reducing the number of commitments in your life to just the essential ones. Learn to say no to the rest — and slowly get out of commitments that aren’t beneficial to you. Schedule only a few important things each day, and put space between them. Get out of meetings when they aren’t absolutely essential. Leave room for down time and fun.
3. Get moving. Do something each day to be active — walk, dance, play a sport, go for a run, do yoga. It doesn’t have to be gruelling to reduce stress. Just move. Have fun doing it.
4. Develop one healthy habit this month. Other than getting active, improving your health overall will help with the stress. But do it one habit at a time. Eat fruits and veggies for snacks. Try green smoothies…there fabulous!!! Quit smoking. Cook something healthy for dinner. Drink water instead of soda. Ditch that can of energy drink!! One habit at a time.
5. Do something calming. What do you enjoy that calms you down? For many people, it can be the “get moving” activity discussed above. But it could also be taking a nap, or a bath, or reading, or having sex (which can also be considered a “get moving” activity if you do it for longer than 5 minutes). Other people are calmed by housework (not me) or working in the garden (my greatest therapy. Plus I get a good dose of Vitamin D at the same time). Some people like to meditate, or take a nature walk. Find your calming activity and try to do it each day.
6. Simplify your finances. Finances can be a drain on your energy and a major stressor. If that’s true with you, figure out ways to simplify things. Automate savings and bill payments and debt payments. Spend less by going shopping much less. Find ways to have fun that don’t involve spending money. If you take the focus off ‘NOT” having enough money, things will change , as what you think about, you bring about!!! Maybe it’s time look for a solution???
7. Have a blast! Have fun each day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. I like to play with my kids — they take my mind off everything and are really hilarious. I also like to get outside with my menagerie of animals, I have some Baby lambs at the moment who need to be bottle fed, they really are awesome and such a laugh to watch them running around with my chickens. Board games are fun. Sex, can be a fun activity (there you go…I said it)!! Whatever you choose, be sure to laugh.
8. Get creative. Throwing yourself into a creative activity is another great way to de-stress and to prevent stress. I like writing, but others like to paint or play music or sketch or make pottery or do interior design or build things.
9. Mornings. I like to get up 30mins earlier than everyone else in the house. I can get focused have my hot lemon water, meditate for 10mins and start the day in a relaxed fashion. This sets the tone for the whole day. (If I wake up late and am rushed, getting the kids off to school in a hurry, running around like a crazy woman….guess what?? That’s pretty much how the rest of the day will pan out.
10. Be early. I’m never late… (OMG yes I’m telling the truth)… being late can be very stressful. Try to leave earlier by getting ready earlier, or by scheduling more space between events. Things always take longer than normal, so schedule some buffer time: extra time to get ready, to travel, to do errands before you need to be somewhere, to attend a meeting before another scheduled appointment. If you get somewhere early, it’s good to have some reading material (thats where the iphone comes in, catch up on Facebook).
How do you keep the stress in your life to a manageable level? Share in the comments.
PS.. Making a decision to change my lifestyle including my work has done me wonders…. Want to work with me????