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4 Tips for Creating a Stress-Free Life

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By Sean Morris

Eliminating stress from your life is a task that requires both time and effort. However, that shouldn’t dissuade you from taking the first step in bettering your life. The effort you put into reducing stress will pay off in the end. Stress is a leading cause of illness in the modern world, causing physical and mental problems ranging from ulcers to depression. Here are a few tips that can help clear the stressors from your daily life.

1. Revamp your diet


More and more studies are showing the strong relationship between your dietary habits and how you feel. People who eat less processed food, more vegetables, and less sugar are both happier and healthier. This also translates to stress levels.

Stress on a bad diet has a greater impact than the same stress on a healthy diet. Cook as often as possible and avoid pre-prepared meals. Incorporate more vegetables and fewer refined sugars. If you’re on a busy schedule, slow cooker meals are a great option to have a healthy, home-cooked meal waiting for you after work.

2. Stay social


Human beings are social animals. Even with a demanding schedule, making time for friends and family is important. In the age of the Internet, there are hundreds of methods of communication at your disposal.

Video chats and Facebook are some great ways to keep in touch with close friends and family, especially when you’re far away or have a busy schedule. While these are a great advantage for keeping up with the lives of others, the importance of face-to-face interaction should not be forgotten. Physical interaction is just as necessary. A single hug can reduce a significant amount of stress – an important fact to keep in mind when you feel too busy to participate in activities with your friends.

3. Exercise regularly


Exercising has been proven to lower stress levels in a multitude of studies. While the modern American often cannot make time for the gym, exercise can actually take many forms. Even small things like office chair stretches can make a difference.

Ideally, you should make time for at least 30 minutes of physical activity. This can be anything from yoga in the comfort of your own home, a brisk walk in the morning, or a trip to the gym. Find a type of exercise that works best for you and feel the stress melt away.

4. Organize your schedule


Invest in a day planner and to-do notepad. If you’re tech-savvy, there are hundreds of productivity and task-planning apps to help you schedule and organize your personal and professional lives. Schedule your weeks out in advance and eliminate the stress of missing a meeting or forgetting to call a friend. For the smaller, day-to-day activities like washing dishes and dusting, write a to-do list in the morning. Seeing all your appointments planned out can prevent overwhelming feelings.

The path to living a stress-free life is a long one, but taking the first steps toward reducing your stress don’t have to be monumental challenges. A few simple changes can improve your life by leaps and bounds. These changes don’t uproot your life or require an excess of effort, but they will make you feel better.

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Sean Morris is a former social worker turned stay-at-home dad. He knows what it’s like to juggle family and career. He did it for years until deciding to become a stay-at-home dad after the birth of his son. Though he loved his career in social work, he has found this additional time with his kids to be the most rewarding experience of his life. He began writing for LearnFit.org to share his experiences and to help guide anyone struggling to find the best path for their life, career, and/or family.

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