16. Make sacred spaceKeep areas of stress and relaxation separate. For example, don't pile the bills and mail up on your nightstand. You will see them first thing in the morning. Additionally, don't make your space you do yoga in the middle of your office where there are bills and papers scattered. Try to create space for you that you know is for relaxation and a space that is for work.
17.Calendars Keep a calendar on your phone or a small paper one in your purse. Keep it with you at all times so you don't miss appointments, possibly creating extra stress and financial strain when you're charged for them. Keeping a calendar also helps you not be required to keep things to memory and frees up mental space, lowering your stress.
18. Keep a routine when possible This one is especially important with kids. The more kids know what to expect, the better things will be. Additionally, adults tend to follow thru more with routine than randomness. Disciplines are usually more practiced when there is a routine. When you know what to expect, you know how to plan, thus lowering stress due to chaos and unexpected things.
19. Be realistic with your upkeep Most of us like to look nice and presentable but there are ways of doing this that shouldn't cause stress. Try to have a hairstyle that is easy to maintain and doesn't require a lot of extra fuss (and stress). Try this with clothes, too. If everything you wear requires a special way of washing or a particular dry cleaner, maybe try some less maintenance clothing. Also note that tight fitting clothing can make you feel confined and less comfortable which could be irritating and cause further stress.
20. Have spare keys How much stress does it cause when you can't find your keys in the morning? Keep a spare in a safe place so you can "borrow" it until you have time to find the others.
Hopefully you are acquiring some additional ways to reduce stress in your life. Tomorrow Joleen will share 5 more. Thank you for reading!
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville