“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” – George F. Burns
In our busy lives, stress is a major problem for many people. Today, we live in such a rat-race world and there is so much going on around us that is not easy to be stress-free. In this fast paced society, its hard not to be stressed out — a chaotic home life, stressful job, uncontrolled lifestyle, and bad habits such as drinking and smoking, unhealthy eating are the big causes to make us stressed out. We have families, friends, rent, bills, taxes and many more factors we have little control over. These factors can lead to a mountain of stress.
As its hard not to be stressed out, what we can do is to get our lives to a more manageable level and aid the universe in making life go as smoothly as possible. If your life is full of stress, there are some small things you can do to minimize your stress. Here are 10 ways which helped me reduce stress in my life. I’m not saying that all of these will work for you, because each person is different. Pick and choose the ones that will work best for you, and give them a try.
1. Learn from your mistakes — We learn from our mistakes. Our mistakes help define us. Whenever you’ll make a wrong turn, don’t criticize yourself, just analyze what you did wrong and how you could’ve made the situation better. So move on and learn from your mistakes. As Louise L. Hay said, “Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving yourself and see what happens.”
2. Be self-compassionate — People with self-compassion are less stressed and more successful. Self-compassion is important both for business and personal productivity. One of the most important tactics is looking at your shortcomings with understanding and kindness. Self-compassion has significant positive association with happiness, optimism, and personal initiative.