Managing Life’s Many Challenges

There’s no other way to say this…stress is a killer! While it’s normal to have a little stress, having too much on your plate can lead to health issues such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.

And, let’s face it – we’ve all been there.  Waking up early in the morning for work, preparing breakfast, commuting, cleaning the house, and paying bills can all contribute to our often high stress levels. That doesn’t include other tasks like doing laundry, spending time with the kids, and being a good wife. Life’s many challenges can leave you feeling like there’s not enough time in the day to complete your to-do list, let alone live your life!

To make life a little more manageable and avoid developing any of the diseases associated with stress, try following these three tips to help you stay focus and stress free:

  1. Decide what’s manageable – Some people are capable of doing 50 million things in day. But, not everyone can manage such a feat (and that’s okay). You may find that you can only squeeze in four to five personal things a day. Important tasks with a deadline (and a clear consequence) like the mortgage payment or other house bills should always be at the top of your list. You can always pencil in the rest when you can.
  2.  Make it a date – Try to schedule mundane tasks like cleaning and organizing on days where you have nothing else going on (most likely the weekend). Schedule your house cleaning and grocery run on Saturday at 6 am. This may sound stressful since you would have to get up early on your day off, but going to the grocery store before the weekend crowd will save you tons of stress and allow more time for you in the afternoon to relax.
  3.  Take a moment for yourself – Be sure to take a moment to stop and smell the roses! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done by grabbing your favorite latte or taking a day off and reading a good book. Sometimes the best way to distress is to spend time with your favorite person…YOU!

As with anything, practice makes perfect, so don’t feel like you’ve failed if aren’t able to stick to the tips right away. And, be sure to let me know how these tips worked for you.  

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