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By Iris, on September 3rd, 2009 Choices

Five Tips for a Stress-Free Healthy Life



Each and every one of us deserves a healthy life!

And each and every one of us has the power within us to have a healthy life!

It is Your Life and You take charge of it!

I couldn’t agree more with the saying that
“When wealth is lost, something is lost; when health is lost, everything is lost”.

You could have all the money in the world. But what an irony if you did not have the good fortune of health to enjoy it!!!

The fact that a healthy life and a stress-free life go hand in hand is not new information. Even our great grandmas knew that stress causes mal-health. Tons of recent scientific studies have also shown that increased stress levels can ruin your health. For example, stress can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, it can affect the immune system, it can cause tooth decay etc. etc.

Yes,
Stress can be Pressing; and
Stress can be Depressing.
I have not always been a stress-free person and I know it.

In this post I would like to share with you the top 5 strategies, adopting which, has made my life significantly stress-free.
It has changed my daily life from “swimming against the tides” to floating on a calm water”.

(1) Organize your time:

Plan your days, plan your weeks, plan your time.
It is a gift the OmniPower had bestowed on us humans – the power to plan, to strategize, to rationalize and thus.
Don’t waste this power.

By this I don’t mean that you should not be spontaneous. Just don’t let spontaneity ruin your days.

I have found it very useful to make a to-do list for each day, the night before. This helps me sleep better, rather than worrying whether or not I may forget something important.

Also, I jot down things I as I remember them. This has saved me from several “I thought about it but forgot to follow through”. To do this, you need to have easy access, the tools to jot down. This takes me to the next item.

“Most people feel best about their work the week before their vacation, but it’s not because of the vacation itself.

What do you do the last week before you leave on a big trip? You clean up, close up, clarify, and renegotiate all your agreements with yourself and others.

I just suggest that you do this weekly instead of yearly.”

-― David Allen (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity)

(2) Organize your stuff:

Have a “place” for everything, so that you can find it even in the dark.

So, if you need to jot down a thought, you just need to go (in auto-pilot) get the pen and paper and write it down.

You should not have to waste any mental energy thinking about where you could find a piece or paper or a pen. Often times, by the time your mind consciously retrieves the location of the paper and pen, it may forget why you were looking for it in the first place.

(3) Don’t cry over spilt milk:

Yes, hindsight is often 20/20.
Always, there is a better way to do it; or there could’ve been a better outcome.
So what?
You put in your best effort at every little thing you do.
And that’s it!
Don’t whack yourself with “If only I had done it this way”.

Of course, you should learn from your mistakes and do better next time. But that is no excuse to stress yourself over that which cannot be undone.

(4) Don’t fume over the little stuff:

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”

-― Steve Maraboli (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

Don’t fret over the little mistakes others do.
Remember, “every one does not have the same mama”.
Be open, accept and let go!

Also, don’t beat yourself up when you make mistakes.
Do your best at everything; aspire for the highest quality in all your outputs.
Nevertheless, realize that mistakes happen sometimes.
You learn from it and move on; not mope over it.

(5) Listen to your “gut”:

Yes, your “gut” that is:
Surprised?
Well, you shouldn’t be. Because, basically you are what you eat!

Our body has this tremendous power that it draws from the infinite intelligence to ward off that “bad” stuff.
And remember, “One person’s food is another person’s poison”.

So, just because your buddy had 2 glasses of milk shake does not mean that you should too, if you are allergic to milk.
Or, if you know that onion rings can make you gassy and dull, just don’t eat it.

Don’t let your mouth conquer your “gut”!

Avoid food that you know can make you sick. When you eat such food, even the thought that you may fall sick can be stressful enough to ruin your day.

Please share your thoughts and stress-free tips.

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