11 Daily Tips to Stress Less

2524831228294419762rl42ht4c In life, we often get so stressed out by random shit that happens that we often forget just how to unwind. Here are 11 great tips to follow everyday to make your life a little more enjoyable:
  1. Slow down and enjoy. Are you ever so busy or overwhelmed that you forget to slow down and smell the roses, quite literally? So many people are busy making a life that they forge to live it. I am so guilty of this one!  If you have kids, put your work aside and go play ball or read them a book. If your spouse is home, sit your phone down and connect with them. Enjoy the benefits of your hard work and savor each and every special moment that you get. You cannot always be going, going, going or you will be going, going, going crazy! Slow down, relax, and enjoy the life you have and those around you.
  2. Preparation for the day. Before I start my day at work, I sit down and make a list of at least 3 things that I would like to accomplish for the day. Then, I mark them off as I do them. By doing this simple task, I immediately feel the weight lifted off of my shoulders. If you have kids, sit out their clothing the night before. Plan what you are going to eat or make for breakfast the night before.
  3. Time Management. This goes hand in hand with preparation. Use your time wisely! Sometimes I feel as if 24 hours in a day is NOT enough. But, is it really? Decide how much time you are going to devote doing a certain thing during your day-how much time are you going to spend working out or checking emails, etc. Making a daily time schedule also works wonders. I think I live off of my daily planner notebook.
  4. Exercise. Yes, exercise combats stress, depression, anxiety, and just about every other health issue known to man. It releases those "feel-good" hormones or endorphins to make and keep you happy. Spend at least 30 minutes a day exercising. I promise, you will feel less stressed out than you were when you began your workout.
  5. Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. It, too, releases a flood of endorphins instantly imrpoving your mood. Turn on Comedy Central. Listen to a funny Podcast on the way to work. Tell a friend a joke. Watch stupid videos on YouTube (somehow I always spend way more time than I should doing this). Don't forget to have a sense of humor. Not everything is meant to be taken seriously.
  6. Go outside. Since I work from home, my husband has to remind me to do this constantly. I often get so busy with my son, working, house chores, and whateverelse pops into the way, that I forget to enjoy mother nature. Sunshine makes you happy. So does fresh air, a breeze, and just the smell of the outdoors. I often will take my son and Chiweenie pup out in the jogging stroller and go for a nice little jog. Even if its for 15 minutes, when I come back home, I feel a lot better.
  7. Disconnect. Put your damn phone down. Shut your damn laptop. Turn off the damn tv. This is a huge obstacle for many to do since we thrive in such a techie world. As a blogger, I often feel my husband needs a crowbar to pry me away from my Mac. Studies have shown that Facebook and other social media sites are not only addictive, but they can have a negative impact on your mood by creating anxiety, which stresses you out. You constantly feel the need to check that one comment, like, or notification. And even for some-to post what you are doing on a regular basis. No, we do not need to know that you ate a ham sandwich on wheat bread with a slice of Swiss cheese and pickles for lunch. Wait, that sounds delicious...
  8. Meditate. Start the day meditating. If you practice yoga, this should be very familiar to you. If you don't want to meditate, simply pray. If you do not pray, just freaking talk to yourself or focus on something deeply for at least 5 minutes in silence. Meditation reduces stress by allowing you to get in touch with yourself in a deep way. Some even call it the ultimate form of relaxation. However, it is hard to turn your mind off fpr 5 minutes. Try it, if you do not believe me.
  9. Write down positive affirmations. You know those positive little cutesy quotes that you are constantly pinning on Pinterest? Print them out, write them down, or save them-and actually read them to yourself later. Say them to yourself even. My favorite goes something like, "Today is a new day. Do not worries about the troubles of tomorrow." These little affirmations boost your mood and your confidence for the day. Sort of like how you look in the mirror before a job interview and say to yourself "you got this!" or before a big date "damn, you are sexy." You say it, you feel it. Got it?
  10. Sleep well. There's really no explanation here. Get your ass to bed at a decent hour and aim for 6-8 hours a night. Got kids? Then I feel your pain. My best advice? Sleep when your baby sleeps. Then you can also fold laundry when your baby folds laundry too.
  11. Have sex. Like I always say, "do it and do it dirty."
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