Coping With Stress

We all have times when we feel stress in our lives.  It’s just a part of life.  I am probably the least stressed out woman I know, but it still sneaks up on me occasionally.

I thought it might be nice to share some wisdom from one of my favourite books, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach on the topic of stress.  Here is a list of ways to cope with stress directly from the book.

Cultivate gratitude
Carve out an hour a day for solitude
Begin and end the day with prayer, meditation, and reflection.
Keep it simple
Keep your house picked up
Don’t over schedule
Never make a promise you can’t keep
Allow an extra half hour for everything you do
Create quiet surroundings at home and at work
Go to bed at 9 o’clock twice a week.
Always carry something interesting to read
Breathe – deeply and often
Move – walk, dance, run, find a sport you enjoy
Drink pure spring water. Lots of it.
Eat only when hungry.
If it’s not delicious, don’t eat it
Be instead of do
Set aside one day a week for rest and renewal
Laugh more often
Luxuriate in your senses
Always opt for comfort
If you don’t love it, live without it.
Let Mother Nature nurture.
Don’t answer the telephone during dinner
Stop trying to please everybody
Start pleasing yourself
Stay away from negative people
Don’t squander precious resources: time, creative energy, emotion
Nurture friendships.
Don’t be afraid of your passion
Approach problems as challenges
Honor your aspirations.
Set achievable goals
Surrender expectations
Savor beauty
Create Boundaries
For every “yes” – let there be a “no”.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Remember, happiness is a living emotion
Care for your soul
Cherish your dreams
Express love everyday
Search for your authentic self until you find her

We could all use a little reminder of these suggestions now and again.  So there you go.  I’ve just reminded you.  You’re welcome.

Now get out there and don’t worry; be happy!


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