How to: Reduce Stress in Your Life

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We live in a time where people expect us to be “on” and “connected” 24 hours a day. It often seems like there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that is expected of us, and still have time to relax and enjoy ourselves. Well, it is possible to do it all, it just takes a few steps. Here are some things I do to simplify my life and reduce my stress levels.

Stop Procrastinating

Choosing your outfits in advance saves precious time in the morning

I get into a fight with my alarm every morning. It goes off. I hit snooze. It goes off again. I hit snooze again. By the time I roll out of bed, I’ve lost at least 20 minutes of morning prep time. That’s why I’ve started picking out my outfits for the week on Sunday. I take a look at the 5-day forecast, choose a few outfits and try them on. Since I already know what my options are, I’m not wasting precious time and energy rifling through my closet and making a big mess every morning. Another helpful hint: iron everything in advance. (I’m not quite there yet but I’m trying!)

Another tip to save time in the morning (and money!) is to pack your lunch the night before. Put those dinner left overs, a homemade salad, or sandwich in a to-go carton before you go to bed at night. Then, put that carton in a bag along with a bottle of water and snack. Place it in the fridge. You’ll feel easy breezy when all you have to do when you step out of the shower is put on your outfit, grab your lunch and go.

De-clutter
Stop being a hoarder! Hoarders are people who hang on to things they don’t need. Many of us hang on to magazines, books, clothes, shoe boxes, plastic containers (how many take-out containers do your really need) and all sorts of things we’ll never use again. Are you really going to reference the notebook from your 11th grade English Lit class again? You know you aren’t! Throw it out!

This tip works for toxic people too. Some of us hang on to relationships (friends or significant others) that we should have let go of a long time ago. If a person no longer contributes to your overall well-being, if conversing with them dulls your spirit, or being in their presence makes you unhappy, let them go! Additionally, if someone’s status updates on social networks makes you roll your eyes, stop following them! You’ll be amazed at how much less stress you will feel once you let go of things and people that are just taking up valuable space in your life.

Schedule “Me Time”
Yes, work is important. So is your mental and physical health. Set aside at least one hour every week to relax and focus entirely on yourself. Turn off your phone. Sign offline and don’t check emails. Last week, I wrote about taking a bubble bath. If bubble baths aren’t your thing, you could do yoga, meditate, or relax on your couch and do absolutely nothing for an hour, or three. It works, trust me!

Those are my tips for simplifying and reducing stress in your life. Everybody take a deep breath and say, “woosah!”

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“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sprint via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sprint.”

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