Monday, February 10, 2014

55 Ways To Reduce Stress

I don't stress out much, even though my personality can be pretty high-strung. I do it by applying (most of) these strategies to my life.

55 Ways To Reduce Stress
  1. Mental prayer (meditation) every day.
  2. Pray with Scripture daily.
  3. Frequent The Sacraments - Mass as often as possible + monthly Confession.
  4. Quickly forgive others when they mess up.
  5. Forgive yourself when you mess up.
  6. Go on a retreat.
  7. Take several days off of work / your normal schedule.
  8. Socialize with friends more often. Schedule if necessary.
  9. Go on dates with your spouse.
  10. Pray with your family.
  11. Eat dinner with your family.
  12. Practice not worrying about things you can't control.
  13. Don't work to please other people. Please God.
  14. Remember that you are wonderful and lovable, even if imperfect.
  15. Smile more.
  16. Do nice things for other people, just because.
  17. Play with some kids.
  18. Spend less time around negative people.
  19. Have difficult conversations, in a loving way. Don't avoid them.
  20. Work on your character flaws and poor communication skills.
  21. Ask for help more often.
  22. Practice being content with what you currently have. 
  23. Exercise regularly.
  24. Sleep more.
  25. Laugh. 
  26. Talk to a spiritual director regularly.
  27. Learn from your mistakes.
  28. Be OK with not controlling others.
  29. Reduce your to-do list by distinguishing 'must' and 'should'.
  30. Spend time with a pet.
  31. Read more good books.
  32. Listen to more good music.
  33. Turn off the TV and do #32 and #32.
  34. Spend time doing something you like to do.
  35. Volunteer to help others.
  36. Eat healthier.
  37. Stop an unhealthy habit (overeating, smoking, drinking too much, etc.)
  38. Temper the tone in your voice and the words you use when frustrated.
  39. Go dancing, bowling, or to play miniature golf.
  40. Realize what upsets you and create a plan on how to deal with it in the future.
  41. Don't get upset in traffic or with other drivers. Slow down. Chill.
  42. Say "no" more often if you are over-scheduled.
  43. Don't procrastinate.
  44. Remember you are not the center of the universe.
  45. Don't lash out at others. 
  46. Spend time improving yourself. This isn't greedy, it helps everyone around.
  47. Question worrisome thoughts. Are they rational / probably / helpful?
  48. Focus on the present. Not the past or future.
  49. Keep a journal or diary as an outlet of your stress.
  50. Say more positive things. I love you, you are wonderful, thanks, etc.
  51. Stop wasting time on Facebook, video games, etc.
  52. Pray for an increase of faith and hope. Expect God will answer your prayer.
  53. Serve someone in need and do so with a smile.
  54. Pick up a new (or restart an old) hobby.
  55. Follow through with your commitments.
What else can you add to the list? Let me know in the comments.

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