10 Simple Tips to Reduce Stress

Stress adds fat to our belly, causes aches and pains, and leads to a whole host of health problems. It's estimated that over 70 percent of hospital visits are stress related. 

We encounter several hundred stress responses throughout the day, but the good news is that there are things we can do to combat stress. Here are ten simple tips to do just this.

1. Let go of the need to feel in control.

A lot of our stress comes from feeling the need to be in control of events that are sometimes out of our control. Let go of the need to be in control all the time. This will take so much unnecessary stress out of your life.

2. Go for a walk.

If you fell your stressed out, go for a walk out in nature. This will help clear your mind and reconnect with yourself.

3. Work on letting go of attachments to things.

So many of our stress responses are the result of having attachments to things. A lot of times these things are material objects, e.g., if you spill something on your new outfit, let it go! Is a trip to the dry cleaners really worth killing brain cells over? 

4. Avoid getting into arguments.

Why get into an argument if it's going to stress you out all day? Avoid getting in arguments if you can. This one tip will reduce so much unnecessary stress in your life.

5. Take a different route to work with less traffic.

Who cares if it takes a few minutes longer? For many of us traffic equals stress, so if adding a few extra minutes to your commute means less stress then find a new route to work! 

6. Find humor in everything.

Charlie Chaplin said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” If you find yourself in a stressful situation, there is always a way to find some type of humor in it.

7. Cultivate a positive attitude.

A positive attitude will not only make you happier, but it also help you deal with stressful events. "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Wayne Dyer

8. Smile.

If you find yourself getting stressed out over something just smile! It will help you to change your perspective on the event, and become more happier! 

9. Listen to music.

Find some type of music you like that helps you relax. Just sit back, tune in, and relax!

10. Practice meditation.

Countless studies have shown meditation to be one of the greatest tools to combat stress. Find some time everyday to do just a minutes of meditation. You'll  become happier, more focused, and you'll also help prevent health future problems that are brought on by stress.
 

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About the Author

Robert Piper is a speaker, writer, specialist in Eastern meditation systems, and an advocate for a happier society. His new book titled Meditation Muscle: America’s New Push-Up for the Mind to Increase Happiness, Build Resiliency, and Excel Under Pressure will be out September 20th. He writes for Origin Magazine, The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen and Elephant Journal. You can find him at his website robertpiper.org on Facebook and Twitter.


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