100 Ways to Help Reduce Stress

Image via Creative Commons, Tony Alter’s Flickr photostream. (Source)

Image via Creative Commons, Tony Alter’s Flickr photostream. (Source)

Earlier this week Jay talked about some of the little things he did to lower his stress levels.

I’ve been thinking of doing the exact same thing but I am simply not that process oriented. I tend to do things on a whim and often times making a huge list to follow is just not effective for me.

What I’ve decided to do is select two items per month that I either want to change in my life, or introduce to my life. I think that by focusing 100% on those small elements, I’ll be able to adapt. Over time, I hope to keep these new mindsets and then move onto the next.

To help choose some simple elements or mindsets, I did some hunting and found a list of 100 Ways to Reduce Stress. This are exactly the kind of small elements I was looking for. Nothing Earth shattering, but the sum of several small mindset changes, will reduce my stress and most likely make me a happier person.

Some of the points are a little iffy, but most are workable. Here is a sample from the list I am working from:

    • Keep a journal
    • Practice a smile
    • Remember that there are always options
    • Develop a support system
    • Quit trying to “fix” people
    • Get enough sleep
    • Listen more
    • Praise others
    • Stop counting things

 

- Mark

If you want to make some small changes in your life, you can checkout the rest of the list here: 100 Ways to Reduce Stress

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