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10 Simple Things You Can Do to Lead a Less Stressful Life

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Article By: Jonnie Davis

Ever get in one of those moods where you want to do everything in your power to improve your daily life? But you don’t know where to start, well it does not have to be a big production you can start small.  Here are some easily manageable ways to improve your life and mental health and feel confident about tomorrow.  

 

1. Create A New Calming Bedtime Routine

I can’t tell you how much I cherish a relaxing bedtime routine. There is something so calming about going through your night-time routine. Washing your face, running a bath, brushing your teeth. Whatever it is you do get into the habit of doing it every night and make sure it is soothing, so you get the ultimate beauty sleep.
 
 

2. Practice Self-Care

Whether it’s taking an extra-long lunch break, or indulging in your favorite dessert we all need to take time to slow down and care for ourselves.  It is not always easy when we are taking care of others, and working hard to get everything done. When we forget to take care of ourselves, we often find ourselves exhausted, irritable, and it becomes hard for us to be there for the people we love.  When I was in school, I was continually running myself ragged trying to keep up with my heavy course load, and my social life. I was focused on my goals, and the unreasonable expectations I had set for myself. I forgot to take care of myself and ended up in the hospital on account of dehydration and exhaustion.  My aching muscles were a huge reminder that I wasn’t showing myself enough love and attention. Take time to pay yourself a compliment when you get up in the morning. Be kind to yourself, and avoid negative- talk. 
 
Self-care is a necessity; it’s not at all selfish. Don’t feel guilty for saying no to an invite or a request when you need to take time out for yourself. You can’t honestly be there for others if you are in a mental fog yourself. When you take good care of yourself, you are more likely to approach things with a clear head. The best thing you can do for your mind, body, and soul takes a break and show yourself some love.
 

3. Declutter Your Room

We all tend to put off de-cluttering our space, because of how time-consuming it can be however the benefits of de-cluttering your area can be monumental. Getting organized can benefit you emotionally, physically and mentally. Dedicating one day to clean and sort through all of your clutter, can help you to feel at ease. A cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind, get rid of anything you don’t need or use. Keep only the items that you use every day and items that bring joy to your life. After I clean and de-clutter my space, my favorite thing to do is to light my favorite candle and climb into bed.
 

4. Check Your Bank Statement and Evaluate your Last 10 Purchases

Money, money, money. Unfortunately, the world we live in revolves around it. I’m always wary of frivolous spending because it often tends to be the cause of a lot of my stress. By looking at your last big ten purchases, it puts a lot of things into perspective. Look at what you are spending most of your money on, and make sure it’s essential. Can you cut out your monthly subscription? Morning Coffee budget? Happy hour budget? What can you cut out to have less stress about money  If it is not making sure to try to cut it out going into the year? Proceed into the year with your money priorities in order, so you don’t need to worry too much about money. You will be able to save more and have more fun with your money. 
 

5. Write down your goals & Dreams

Keep track of where you are regarding old goals, and set new ones. Purchase a beautiful planner or journal,  write down your thoughts what you want to get done. Anything that you need to release from your mind. A journal grants you the opportunity to stay motivated and hold yourself accountable.
 
When you take the time to write down your goals and ambitions, and getting them down on paper gets them out of your mind and makes them that much more real. It is an empowering process that makes your dreams less intimidating. 
 

6. Practice Gratitude & Give Back

Too often we dwell on the negative things that happen in our life, but how often do we honor the good in our life? How often do we sit back and be amazed at how much we already have in our possession? Every morning we wake up we choose to be grateful and appreciate what we have. Or we choose to be ungrateful and brimming with complaints. You are entitled to a fantastic day, every day you wake up. It does not matter what that day consists of as long as you have a grateful heart.
 
We have a lot to be thankful for even if we don’t feel that way all the time. It’s so rewarding to give back to those who are less fortunate. There are so many ways to give back. Participate in a coat drive, volunteer at a soup kitchen read to small children. Make it happen, and be grateful along the way. 
 

7. Make your Bed Each Morning

The beginning of the day is so crucial; it is the determining factor for how the rest of your day will be. Start your day by making your bed; it will keep you from climbing back into it. You will set a productive tone for the day and get more things done throughout your day.
 

8. Master A New Skill or Read A Book 

When you find yourself scrolling through social media, read a book or attempt to master a new skill.  Helps your mind stay calm and present. You are never too old to master a new skill. Use MasterClass to learn a new skill you’ve always wished you could master. Whether it’s cooking, photography, public speaking or comedy MasterClass can help you learn a new skill through tutorials and lectures taught by industry experts. Click here to start learning.  
I am an audacious book hoarder if that is a thing? I have a sincere appreciation for reading,  growing up an introvert I remember spending hours in my room reading a good book.  In today’s world, we are surrounded by a boatload of information that is free to access at any given time. Whatever you are interested in you can access free courses and resources across the web. My favorite things to read about are humanities and all things self-improvement. I am obsessed with the website TED it is a site devoted to spreading ideas, through compelling talks. I like to listen while I’m driving and at the gym to grant me some inspiration. My favorite TED talks are; All it takes is ten mindful minutes, and Say your truths and seek them in others.

9. Let Go of Toxic Relationships

Toxic people do nothing but bring you pain, whether it’s a friend or a family member. Toxic relationships are dangerous for your health. Love yourself enough to know you deserve the absolute best. “Letting toxic people go is not an act of cruelty. It’s an act of self-care.” – Unknown

10. Give More Compliments + Accept them Freely

If you like your friend’s earrings let her know, your coworker’s ambition? Let him know. We all know how amazing it feels to receive a compliment, so why not giving that feeling back in return. You can put someone’s insecrrites to rest with a simple compliment. Positive reinforcements and words of affirmations build others up, as well as our selves. 
 

What are small things you do to improve your life and Mental Health?

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  • Katie@MySweetHomeLife
    February 19, 2018

    I actually think these ten things are also ingredients for simple yet satisfying life. Add some exercise and it would pretty much make up a perfect day.

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