Signs of Stress? Check Out This Week’s Midway Simplicity Tips #16

If you feel that there are increasing signs of stress in your life, then this week’s tips may inspire you to start relaxing and reducing your stress level.

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My favorite tip this week is the one about “Stay at Home Moms”. It is an excerpt from a poem by Annie Brewer of Annienygma.com. If you’re a stay at home mom, and you’re noticing signs of stress in your life, make sure to click through and read the full poem. You’ll be inspired!

Here are this week’s tips with a ‘Signs of Stress’ theme:

  1. Getting your wasted hours back will definitely reduce your stress level.
  2. “Just because you use the features doesn’t mean you need it.” Lorilee Lippincott, Loving Simple Living – Update on the TV and Electronics
  3. “What these smart phones do is control our lives.  We are addicted to busy and they are a little tool to make sure our heads and fingers are always living up to this addiction.” – Lorilee Lippincott
  4. “Declutter old sporting equipment/clothes for sports you no longer play.” – Colleen Madsen, 365 Less Things
  5. Every time you inflate your lifestyle, you make financial independence harder and your life more stressful.
  6. “The truth of life is that happiness cannot be purchased no matter how hard we search for it in material possessions.” – Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist – 7 Life Misconceptions Portrayed in the Super Bowl Ads
  7. When you notice signs of stress in your life, don’t think ‘managing stress’. When you’re stressed, you MUST rest and relax.
  8. “Walking is one of the keys to personal resilience.” – John Robb
  9. After you declutter and simplify your life, what’s next? Simplicity is a mean to an end. If you are not clear about the end, you’ll struggle through the mean.
  10. “Sit with us a minute,

              & listen to our day,

              spend a cherished moment,

             because our childhood is not here to stay!”

            – Annie Brewer - Inspiration for a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM)

 

What do you do when you notice signs of stress in your life? Please share your tips in the comments below.

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4 Responses to Signs of Stress? Check Out This Week’s Midway Simplicity Tips #16

  1. UpbeatBrain February 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Although stress is really nothing new for humans, at least not in a general way, we face different stresses. Rather than searching all day for food and fleeing from animals, like our long-ago ancestors did, we worry over deadlines and stress about the opinion of the boss. The trouble with the new stress is that it lacks a crucial feature of the old: We used to have ways to burn off stress, like the running part of fleeing from animals. Today’s stresses can just build up, unless we find ways to “burn” them off. Although running still works, and I use that technique, others exist too. When I feel my stress-O-meter rising, I just take a few instants, maybe 20 seconds, and I imagine my life moving more slowly. It’s mental imagery, like an athlete uses, turned onto my daily life. Somehow, it eases any tension for me, and it makes my life move more smoothly. And, that leads to less stress. This offers the double benefit of increasing my efficiency, which gives me more time for other stress-relievers, like a nice, gentle jog around a park.

  2. Mohamed Tohami February 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Visualization, running and I would add walking are great tools to reduce stress levels.

    Thanks a lot for sharing :)

  3. Jorge Blanco February 13, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    I really resonate with tip 5 and 7. For number 5, if you live simply, you spend less. If you spend less, you reduce stress by reducing your worries on bills and putting food on the table. You are easily able to become happy with the littlest things and that in itself is a great way to reduce stress. For number 7, it’s very true. The best way to deal with stress is to get some quality R and R. Thank you for the tips, Tohami. As for what I do when I’m stressed, I try to do something calming and relaxing. I like to do those fun things I used to do when I was a child, such as blowing bubbles, watching a feel good cartoon, or riding a swing.

    • Mohamed Tohami February 13, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      I love how you deal with stress. You go back to a point in time where we had ZERO stress — Become a Child Again. That’s wonderful.

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