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50 proven tips to reduce stress

Stress is the scourge of the 21st century, but if we follow some rules, we can ease its influence.

We should not forget that stress not only makes us tired and anxious, but can also cause a number of diseases.

So follow these 52 proven rules for managing stressful situations.
1. Get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning troubles will be less stressful.
2. Prepare for the morning from the evening. Determine what she will have for breakfast, choose the clothes you will wear.

3. Don’t rely on your memory. Take notes and write down your tasks – when to pick up laundry from the dry cleaners, when to return books to the library, etc.

4. Don’t do anything that, once done, will make you lie.
5. Make duplicates of all keys. Leave one key in a secret place in the garden, put another in the car, third – in your wallet.

6. Do preventive maintenance. Your car, appliances, home and relationships will be less likely to break down at the worst possible time.

7. Be prepared to wait. If you have to stand in line, just grab a book to pass the time.
8. Procrastination is stressful. Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do it today. If you have to do it today, do it now.

9. Plan ahead. Don’t let the tank get to the critical point, keep your fridge well stocked, don’t wait until you run out of bus tickets or postage stamps.

10. Do not keep items that do not work properly. Whether it’s a car, alarm clock, wipers or wallet, make sure they’re safe and sound.

11. Allow yourself 15 minutes of extra time to get where you’re going. Always go to the airport an hour early and to the train station 30 minutes.

12. Eliminate or limit caffeine in your diet.
13. Always have an emergency plan, just in case.

14. Let go of your standards. The world won’t end if the lawn doesn’t get cut this weekend.
15. Ask questions. Clarify exactly what people expect from you, so you will save time.

16. Learn to say no. Refusing to take on extra work, participate in social activities, or accept invitations means you don’t have the time or energy. It shows self-respect.

17. Turn off your phone. Want to indulge in a long bath, meditation, sleep, reading? Take courage and turn off your phone temporarily.

18. Review your preferences. Our basic physical needs are based on food, water, keeping warm. Everything else is preference.

19. Learn not to worry. The habit of worrying is terrible, but it will bring you nothing but constant worries about something unfinished or an unclear future.

20. Move periodically. Especially if you work on a computer in an office and have to sit all day.
21. Wear headphones. Or earplugs if you want to enjoy the silence.

22. Get enough sleep. If necessary, use an alarm clock to remind you to go to bed.
23. Create order out of chaos. Organize your home and workplace so you always know exactly where your things are. This way you will avoid the stress of looking for various items.

24. Breathe deeply. Most people breathe shallowly and shallowly, and thus the stagnant air is not expelled. This does not supply oxygen to the tissues, and muscle pains appear.
25. Describe your thoughts and feelings on paper. This will help you clear things up and have a renewed perspective

26. Indulge in yoga. Do it whenever you need to relax. Inhale deeply through your nose and count to eight. Then exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of 16, or as long as you can. Repeat the exercise 10 times.

27. Rehearse stressful events. For example, if you are going to speak in front of an audience, rehearse the speech in your mind. Imagine what you will wear, what the audience will look like, what questions you might be asked. By the time the actual presentation comes, much of youranxiety will be gone.

28. If what you have to do is stressing you out, distract yourself for a while with some other enjoyable activity.
29. Share. Discussing your problems with a trusted friend can help clear your mind of confusion so you can focus on solving the problem.

30. One of the easiest ways to avoid stress is to choose an environment that suits you. If you hate offices, don’t start a job that requires you to stand at a desk all day.

If you hate politics, don’t associate with people who like to talk about politics.
31. Learn to live in the moment – not yesterday, not tomorrow, but now.

32. Do something every day that pleases you and brings you joy.
33. In everything you do, add a little love.

34. Take a warm bath or shower whenever you feel tense.
35. Do favors for other people.

36. It is better to be loving than to be loved. It is better to be understanding than understood.

37. Take care of your good looks – if you look good, you will feel better.
38. Plan your day realistically. Don’t mark commitments one after the other, leave some time between them.

39. Become more flexible. You can afford not to do some things perfectly. For others, it’s okay to compromise.
40. Don’t talk self-destructively like, “I’m too old to,” “I’m too fat to,” etc.

41. Use your weekend time for a change of pace. If your work week is too orderly, allow yourself some spontaneity on the weekends. If your week is dynamic and busy, relax and lounge on the weekend.

42. Worry about the pennies, the levs will come to you by themselves. This is another way of saying that we should take care of today as best we can, yesterday and tomorrow will take care of themselves.

43. Do only one thing at a time. When you’re with someone, be with them and nothing else. When you’re busy with your project, concentrate on that and forget about everything else you need to do.

44. Set aside time each day for privacy and quiet introspection.
45. If you have a particularly unpleasant task ahead of you, do it at the beginning of the day and be done with it. Thus, during the rest of the time, you will be free from anxiety.

46. Learn to delegate responsibilities to other people as well.
47. Don’t forget to take a lunch break. Try to get away from the office to rest your body and mind, if only for 15 or 20 minutes.

48. Forget counting to 10. Count to 1000 before doing or saying anything that could make things worse.

49. Forgive people and circumstances. Accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world.
50. Be optimistic. Trust that most people are doing the best they can.

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