Top Five Changes for a Healthy Life

A Healthy Life Can Be Yours!

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Certain stress relief strategies bring a high return on investment, either by eliminating the stress that would otherwise enter your life, or provide you with far-reaching resources to cope and build resilience during tough times.  While you can't always control the stress you face, you can prepare yourself to better manage it, and these five strategies can go a long way toward helping with that.  In the spirit of creating a fresh start by developing New Year’s-type goals (and not resolutions), here are some goals that can make a real difference in the level of stress you experience, and the quality of life you enjoy.

Maintain An Organized Living Space

A cluttered environment can literally drain your energy and cause additional stress! Conversely, a beautifully decorated, soothing environment can be a haven where you can escape from the stressors in your life. Working on de-cluttering your home, getting organized about cleaning, or even practicing Feng Shui are all ways you can work toward the goal of having a beautiful and organized living space.

Learn to Organize Your Time

By keeping a schedule, learning to say no to excessive demands on your time, and utilizing shortcuts in your life, you’ll be less frantic, and have more time to do the things that energize and de-stress you. You’ll also have more time to do things that you enjoy in life.  Even by eliminating just one or two extra commitments, you can free up enough time and energy to make a significant difference in your life, so don't underestimate the importance of focusing on time management for stress management.

Cultivate A Supportive Social Circle

Those with a supportive social circle, or even just one close friend or partner to talk to and lean on in times of crisis, enjoy healthier, less stressful lives. (And they have more fun!) If you make the commitment to meet more people, and better develop the relationships you have, you’ll find that the payoff is more than worth the effort.

 Maintaining a focus on spending time with your loved ones is good for you and for them.

Take Care of Your Body

If your body is healthy and in good repair, you’re better able to handle stressors in your life. However, an unhealthy body can cause great amounts of additional stress. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, getting massages and pampering yourself are all good ways to take care of your body and make stress management easier.

Renew Your Spirit

We carry stress in our bodies, and hold it in our minds, so a stressful experience can stay with and keep affecting us after the actual experience has ended. Managing stress in your daily life can be much easier on your mental, physical and emotional state if you take regular breaks from it. There are many great stress-relieving exercises that can help you release both the tension from your body, and the stressful thoughts from your mind, making you more at peace and able to handle the stress that comes with each new day.

As you develop these stress-relieving practices in your daily life, you should experience less stress, and be better able to handle the stress you do experience, leading to a happier, more healthy life.