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10 Ways to Lower Your Stress Level

Is your daily routine making you anxious or costing you sleep? Take control of your life with these crucial stress-reducing tips.

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1. Eliminate Obvious Sources of Stress

Look for simple stressors you can avoid. If crowds bother you, go to the supermarket when you know the lines won’t be too long. Clear up the clutter in your life by giving away or throwing away the things that get in your way.

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2. Plan Out Your Time

If you’re always running late, sit down with a pencil and paper and see how you are actually allotting your time. Say it takes you 40 minutes to get to work. Are you leaving your house on time? You may be able to solve your problem (and de-stress your life a bit) just by being realistic.

If you can’t find the time for all the activities that are important to you, maybe you are trying to do too much. Again, make a list of what you do during the day and how much each activity takes. Then cut back.

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3. Avoid Optional Stress

If a certain sport or game makes you tense (whether it’s tennis or bridge), decline the invitation to play. After all, the point of these activities is to have a good time. If you know you won’t, there’s no reason to play.

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4. If You Can’t Remove Stress, Escape Briefly

Slip away once in a while for some private time. Try taking a walk during your lunch hour. These quiet moments can give you a fresh perspective on your problems.

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5. Avoid Stressful People

If you don’t get along with yourmother -in-law but you don’t want to make an issue of it, invite other in-laws at the same time you invite him. Having other people around will absorb some of the pressure you would normally feel.

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6. Stop Competing Over Everything

Always comparing yourself to others, whether in accomplishments, appearance, or possessions, is an avoidable source of stress. You might know people who do all they can to provoke envy in others, but don’t fall for the trap.

While it’s easy to say you should be satisfied with what you have, it’s the truth. Stress from this kind of jealousy is self-inflicted.

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7. Avoid Unecessary Tech Accessories

Laboursaving devices, like smartphones or tablet computers, often encourage us to cram too many activities into a day.

Before you buy new equipment, be sure that it will really improve your life. Be aware that taking care of equipment and getting it repaired can be stressful.

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8. Do Just One Thing at a Time

For example, if you’re outside exercising, turn your cell phone off and immerse yourself in the experience. The world won’t end if you wait until after to check your phone.

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9. Once in a While, Do Nothing

Stop rushing. Stop fussing. Lie down, catch your breath and unwind.

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10. Consider Seeking Professional Help

If you feel stress (or anything else) is getting the better of you, seek professional help – a doctor or therapist. Early signs of excess stress are loss of a sense of well-being and reluctance to get up in the morning to face another day.

If you suffer from insomnia, headaches, recurring colds, or stomach upsets, consider whether stress is part of the problem. Being chronically angry, frustrated, or apprehensive can deplete your physical resources.

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