Stress Relief Tip 1: Do one
thing at a time.
Do it mindfully. Do it well. Enjoy the satisfaction.
Then go on to the next thing. Multitasking might
work for computers, but humans have yet to get the
hang of it. It leads to careless mistakes, shoddy
work and unreliable performance. Worst of all,
having to do things over. This is no way to live.
Give what you're doing your undivided attention.
Take the time to get it right. And enjoy the
Stress Relief Tip 2: Cut down
on competitive stress.
Today, we compete for everything: the space around
us, to be first to own a new product, to get our
kids signed up for programs, to get our viewpoints
across, to be faster, smarter, richer, sexier. Our
days are filled with stressful competitions. And
most are absolutely unnecessary. Because they're
driven by insecurity, fear of being left behind, an
ingrained need to always have more or better than
the next guy. Try to get above all that. If you want
to compete, vie to be the one who stays calm and in
control, who isn't easily sucked in by material
things, who avoids being caught up in the daily
grab-bag that robs people of health and peace of
mind. Compete for that and see how pointless all
those other competitions become. And how misguided
those who partake in them begin to appear.
Stress Relief Tip 3: Throw
something out every day.
You've got too much stuff in your house. Office.
Garage. Attic. Useless clutter that's weighing you
down, getting in the way, obscuring the things you
really need. Be realistic. If you're not going to
use it, lose it. And you don't have to make a
humongous project out of it. Every day, find one
thing you don't need and toss it. Or give it away.
Over time, the clutter will begin to vanish and
space and order will magically appear in your
home...and your life.
Stress Relief Tip 4: Eliminate
Our life is full of them. Arbitrary and unrealistic
time constraints imposed by ourselves and others
that serve only to make us more pressured, anxious,
stressed out. For no worthwhile reason. Avoid the
trap of assigning time frames to everything you do,
especially if you have little idea how long it will
take. Instead, make your goal one of completing a
project in a careful, profession- al, satisfying
manner. In other words, as long as it takes to do it
right. Save your nerves, and your energy, for the
few real deadlines we face...like April 15th.
Stress Relief Tip 5: Get more
out of life by doing less.
What a concept! Is your life fulfilling? Or is it
merely crammed? Know the difference and you'll
realize it's not the quantity of activities you
engage in (or possessions you collect) that
ultimately determine your happiness. One naturally
unfolding, enriching experience can easily surpasses
many rushed and distracted ones. But you may be so
chronically overscheduled, you never give yourself a
chance to enjoy anything to the fullest. Experiment.
Choose an occasion and give it your complete,
mindful and unhurried attention. Then imagine an
entire life of such enrichment. It's absolutely
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