Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stress Less

Winter blah's got you down? Frustrated by New Year's resolution progress? Ready to send your spouse/kids/pets packing? Here are a few ways to lower your stress level...

Close all of your computer windows (you know...the ones that stress you account, e-mail, to-do list) and open up your favorite online game. Sudoku. FreeCell. PacMan. Whatever will absorb you so that you lose track of time. Repeat daily as needed.

Plant something. A growing green thing can have a positive effect on your well-being. How about a few herbs on the windowsill? A rose bush outside the kitchen window?

You think you're all alone in the world. You're not. Make a list (and write it down to prove it to yourself) of the people you could turn to for help in a crisis. You have more folks out there ready to help you emotionally, financially or just in an everyday way than you acknowledge on a daily basis.

Finally...and this is one to do daily...first thing in the morning or last thing at night, think about five things you're grateful for. Drill down to details. Not just health and financial stability. But that your husband did the laundry. The cats didn't throw up today. And you had a great glass of red wine. You get the drill. Nothing better than a list like this to put things in perspective and distract from the things adding stress to your life.

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