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Stress busters

"You no longer have to keep up with the Joneses... they’ve died of exhaustion."

  • Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
  • Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
  • Carry a paperback with you to read while waiting in lines.
  • Delegate tasks to capable others.
  • Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
  • Do something for the kid in you every day.
  • Eat right.
  • Every day, find time to be alone.
  • Get enough exercise.
  • Get organized so everything has its place.
  • Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
  • Go to bed on time.
  • Have backups: an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key at the neighbours, extra stamps, etc.
  • Having problems? Join a support group and/or see a counsellor. Try to nip small problems in the bud.
  • K.M.S. (keep mouth shut.) This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
  • Keep a folder of favourite cartoons on hand.
  • Laugh.
  • Laugh some more!
  • Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
  • Listen to relaxing tapes while driving.
  • Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  • Make friends with happy, non-stressed people.
  • Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
  • Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good night’s sleep.
  • Say "no" to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
  • Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, do what you can do, and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
  • Simplify and unclutter your life.
  • Sit on your ego.
  • Slow down.
  • Take one day at a time.
  • Talk less; listen more.
  • Write things down.
  • Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
  • Every night before bed, think of one thing that you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.