20 PROVEN STRESS REDUCERS

  1. Get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning.  The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful.
     

  2. Don't rely on your memory.  Write down appointment times, when to pick up the dry cleaning, when library books are due etc.  ("The palest ink is better than the most retentive memory") - An old Chinese proverb. 
     

  3. Procrastination is stressful.  Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do today, whatever you want to do today, do it now. 
     

  4. Plan ahead.  Don't let the petrol tank get below one-quarter full, keep a well stocked 'emergency shelf' of home staples, don't wait until you're down to your last postage stamp to buy more etc. 
     

  5. Be prepared to wait.  A mantra can make a wait in  post office line almost pleasant. 
     

  6. Don't put up with something that doesn't work correctly.  If your alarm clock, wallet, shoe laces, windscreen wipers - whatever - are a constant aggravation, get them fixed or get new ones. 
     

  7. Pollyanna-Power!  For every one thing that goes wrong, there are probably 10 or 50 or 100 blessings.  Count `em. 
     

  8. Turn "needs" into preferences.  Our basic physical needs translate into food, water and keeping warm.  Everything else is a preference.  Don't get attached to preferences. 
     

  9. Simplify, simplify, simplify! 
     

  10. Make friends with non-worriers.  Nothing can get you into the habit of worrying faster than associating with chronic worrywarts. 
     

  11. Create order out of chaos.  Organise your home and workspace so that you always know exactly where things are.  Put things away where they belong and you won't have to go through the stress of losing things. 
     

  12. Add an ounce of love to everything you do. 
     

  13. Become more flexible.  Some things are not worth doing perfectly and some issues are good to compromise upon. 
     

  14. Eliminate destructive self-talk.  "I'm too old to...."  "I'm too fat to..." etc. etc. 
     

  15. Worry about the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.  That's another way of saying take care of the toadies as best you can and the yesterdays and tomorrows will take care of themselves.  
     

  16. Do one thing at a time.  When you are with someone, be with that person and with no one or nothing else.  When you are busy with a project, concentrate on doing that project and forget about everything else you have to do. 
     

  17. If an especially "unpleasant" task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over with.  Then the rest of your day will be free of anxiety. 
     

  18. Learn to delegate responsibility to capable others. 
     

  19. Forget about counting to 10.  Count to 1000 before doing something or saying anything that could make matters worse. 
     

  20. Have a forgiving view of events and people.  Accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world.