Regain your sanity and lower your blood pressure by exploring alternatives to the mad rush before it takes over your life.
- Step 1: Find ways to have fun that don't involve spending money if you're living on a tight budget. Find a creative or relaxing hobby instead of spending your leisure time shopping and eating out.
- Step 2: Clear your head by clearing your living space. Get rid of stuff you don't use or need anymore. Live simply, happily, in control, and free of stress.
- FACT: Essays written by nuns in the 1930s revealed that the writers who expressed the most positive thoughts lived around 10 years longer than those who expressed less positive emotions.
- TIP: Seek out positive organizations that work toward or meditate on peace on earth.
- Step 3: Calm down by allowing yourself a nap, bath, or other little indulgence. Be spontaneous and allow a little fun in your life. Pay attention to nature and what's going on around you.
- TIP: Leave early for appointments to eliminate anxiety when you rush to get places.
- Step 4: Maintain an active lifestyle: walk, hike, play sports, run, or do yoga. Blow off steam constructively rather than dwelling on pressures.
- Step 5: Change bad habits and routines one step at a time. Eat fruits and veggies for snacks one day and continue to build consistency until your diet is transformed into a healthy one.
- Step 6: Focus as much as possible on doing one thing at a time to live a stress-free life. Take small steps, manage your commitments, and focus on accomplishing tasks one at a time.