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Simplifying Your Life, A Gift to Yourself

Simply slowing down can avoid stress-related conditions, and give us back some of the time and energy we need to focus on life.

March is the beginning of spring and an excellent time to look at simplifying your life. Most of us are leading fast-paced, stressful lives that can lead to health related problems.

There is a connection between stress and high blood pressure, heart disease and tension related conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, nervousness and chronic fatigue. Studies have shown a connection between long, stressful workdays with little sleep and an increased risk of heart attack in men.

Slowing down can help avoid some of these outcomes. Start today with one of the tips listed below.

  • Make quiet time a priority each day. Try meditation, prayer or just sitting quietly.
  • De-clutter your life. Clean out your closets and drawers – donate no longer needed items to charity or throw them away.
  • Get rid of junk mail the day it arrives.
  • Try turning off your cell phone or pager to give yourself a break.
  • Ask for help at home and at work. Practice delegating tasks to others.
  • Turn off the TV.
  • Re-visit your New Year’s resolutions and re-focus your efforts.
  • Take a nature break. Walk in the woods or spend an afternoon at a local park or lake.
  • Get moving everyday. Consider adding an extra day to your exercise schedule.
  • Just say “No”! Focus your time and energy on people and activities that are important to you.
  • Use vacation days to rejuvenate yourself. Take a “Mental Health Day.”
  • Decide what is truly important to you. Ask yourself: “Does this really matter to me?”
  • Spend time with family and friends.


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