Let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as a stress-free life, and to attempt to achieve one would be both inadvisable and, you guessed it – stressful! Stress is a response to challenges in life, and a life without challenges is too boring to contemplate. However, I do believe that most of the stress in our lives is unnecessary and that it can be eliminated by taking some simple (and some not-so-simple) steps.
You can create a beautiful place to relax – your garden for example, and fill it with all the beauty that nature has to offer: Dogwood Trees from The Tree Center, a calming, bubbling water feature, even windchimes, and that might help a bit. But the best way to tackle stress is to head to the root of the problem and stop it before it takes hold.
Here we take a look at some helpful ideas.
This is the most important step of all, as identifying the things that stress you out in your life is the first step towards eliminating them. Take 10 minutes to think about what stresses you out during the day. What weekly occurrences stress you out? What people, activities, things cause stress in your life? Make a Top 10 list, and see which of them can be eliminated
Eliminate unnecessary commitments
We all have many obligations in our lives, starting with work but also including commitments related to kids, our spouses, things to do at home, other family, hobbies, online activities and more. Consider each of them, the amount of stress they provide, and the value you get out of them. Edit brutally.
We all do this, of course. But allowing stuff to pile up will stress us out. Find ways to take care of stuff now (form a Do It Now habit) and keep your inbox and desk clear
We’re all disorganized to some extent. Even if we’ve organized something, and created a great system for keeping it that way, things tend to move towards chaos over time. But disorganization stresses us out, regarding visual clutter, and in making it difficult to find stuff we need. Take time to get things in your life organized, starting with your desk and the papers in your home, and moving on to other areas.
Being late always stresses us out. We have to rush to get ready, rush to get there and stress out the whole time about looking bad and being late. Learn the habit of being early, and this stress disappears. Make a conscious effort to start getting ready earlier, and to leave earlier. This also makes driving less stressful.
Instead of rushing through life, learn to take things slow. Enjoy your food, enjoy the people around you, enjoy nature.
Relax throughout the day
It’s important to take mini-breaks during your workday. Stop what you’re doing, get up and stretch, walk around, drink some water. Go outside and appreciate the fresh air and the beautiful sky.