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Ways to Live Your Life Well

Let's face it. If you're on this planet, you probably have stress. Unfortunately, too much stress can really drain your ability to rest, feel good, be productive, think, have relationships, have fun--pretty much everything humans need to do to survive. If you use these ten tools that offer proven, healthy ways to deal with stress and boost your well being I'm sure you can reduce the number of stress factors that you have to deal with on a daily basis. Now as you look at and use the ten tools, keep track of your accomplishments as that will boost motivation. Get support as well, because change isn't always smooth, so ask a friend to try these with you.

  • Connect with others. People who feel connected are happier and healthier and may even live longer. Find something to do with a group, a church group, a walking club, a library class, or a homemakers club....all of these groups will have people who enjoy the company of others and often this will lift your spirits and build companionship.
  • Stay positive. People who regularly focus on the positive in their lives are less likely to be upset by painful memories. Be positive about what your day will bring.
  • Get physically active. Research has shown that exercise can relieve insomnia and reduce depression so get out and walk. You don't have to walk fast but just get your body moving and muscles working.
  • Help others. What could be better than helping someone who is worse off than yourself? People who consistently help others experience less depression, greater calm and fewer pains.
  • Get enough sleep. Not getting enough rest increases risks of weight gain, accidents, reduced memory and heart problems. 7-9 hours of sleep a night is recommended.
  • Create joy and satisfaction. Positive emotions can boost your ability to bounce back from stress so try to find some joy and satisfaction in your daily life.
  • Eat well. Eating healthy food and regular meals can increase your energy, lower the risk of developing certain diseases and influence your mood. Veggies and fruit are highly recommended in your daily meals!
  • Take care of your spirit. People who have strong spiritual lives may be healthier and live longer. Spirituality seems to cut the stress that can contribute to disease.
  • Deal better with hard times. People who can tackle problems or get support in a tough situation tend to feel less depressed. Times are hard for many people right now with the economy turning downward therefore try to figure out a simple way to lessen a tough situation.
  • Get professional help if you need it. More than 80 percent of people who are treated for depression improve. Don't be afraid to ask for that help from your medical doctor.

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