7 Ways to Enjoy a Stress FREE Life
Sometimes, it isn’t the massive things that come up every once in a while that drain our ability to enjoy a stress free life. Sometimes it can be something as simple as the rug that you keep tripping on when you walk into the kitchen. Or the garbage can under the sink never gets emptied by your daughter who has that chore.
It can be the little, everyday things, that can create enough stress and anxiety to make you feel like you’re coming unglued. We will probably never have a perfect day, but having too many instances in your day that stress you out or that go wrong can seriously impede your ability to smile.
Sometimes we ignore the garbage can or the rug that we keep tripping on, thinking that it isn’t a big deal. We don’t want to seem like a nag to the daughter who forgets to empty the garbage can, or we don’t have time to address the issue of the rug. But these things can accumulate over time and one day, we could very well blow an emotional gasket.
Many of these stressors are chronic. They might be small, but we’re forced to deal with them day after day and sometimes hour after hour. So let’s try to deal with these small things that can mess up little moments of an otherwise great day and a stress free life.
Ideas for a Stress FREE Life
Try these ideas to manage the little stressors in life each day so that you can enjoy a stress FREE life:
1. Reduce Clutter. You may be tripping on the rug because there is a pile of shoes at the front door. Reducing clutter can reduce the load on your mind. Handing the little things leaves more internal resources for handling the bigger things.
2. Make a list of all the things that need to get done. These are many of the “little things” mentioned in the previous point. Maybe you need to buy a basket for the shoes that pile up at the front door. These are also things like bills that need to be paid, phone calls that need to be made, an oil change for your car, making an appointment with the dentist, and anything that’s hanging over your head.
My sister was stressing out about her daughters dance competition that will be several months away. She was sending Voxer messages about how she should style her daughters hair. I told her that it is several months away and her daughters hair will have grown an inch or two by then. I told her to put it on the calendar two weeks before her calendar and deal with it then.
She wrote on the calendar “figure out hair” two weeks before the competition and won’t need to worry about it or even think about it until then.
○ These may seem like minor things, but they weigh on you 24 hours a day. Start taking care of these things and avoid allowing them to pile up.
3. Make a list of the things in your life that are annoying you. It might be the squeaky front door to your house, the dome light in your car that doesn’t function, your wobbly chair at work, or the glare on the TV screen from the window at the front of the living room.
○ These little things that get on your nerves over and over create stress. Make a plan to address these issues and get them out of your life once and for all. Why suffer over and over each day when you can enjoy a stress free life?
Sometimes a family meeting is needed to talk about the garbage can under the sink. Here is a post to help with family meetings. 10 Steps to successful family meetings.
4. Avoid procrastinating. Start checking off things on your list as you do them. Make it a priority. You don’t want to wait until you’re under a lot of time pressure, and you don’t have enough time to do them well.
5. Schedule time to chill out. It’s also important to take time to do something you find relaxing. Schedule time in your day for activities that will be calming. You might want to take a nap, read a book, go for a walk, eat some chocolate, or listen to music that makes you smile. Plan your relaxation time.
6. Evaluate your relationships. Think about your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Which of your relationships could use a little fine tuning? Which relationships need a complete overhaul? And which should be dropped?
7. Take a look at your job. You spend most of your waking hours during the week at your job, so it can be a major source of stress in your life. Maybe it’s time to put your resume out there, look at another position within the company, or start something entirely new.
Even if you’re fortunate enough to go through each day without any major stressors in your life at the moment, the little stressors can take their toll. Manage these chronic stressors and you’ll find that the quality of your life increases. Take steps to reduce the everyday stress in your life.
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