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by Nikki Willhite

 

Clinical stress is very serious and should be seen by a doctor.  However, in today's society most everyone suffers from at least a little bit of stress.  While most people can manage a small amount of stress, it is good to keep it as low as possible.

 

If you are feeling stress, there are many frugal things you can do to help keep it under control.  Here are 4 of them.

 

1.  The first thing you must do is figure out what is causing you stress.  If you figure out it is your school bazaar assignment for next month, you can relax a bit knowing it will soon go away.

 

On the other hand, if it is a position you have assumed that has no end in site, you must think carefully about what you can do to make it easier.  When stress builds up, with no end in site, you can get into a  lot of trouble. 

 

Medical doctors will tell you to engage in activities that relax you, such as yoga.  That is good advice.  Talking to a friend often helps both relieve stress and pinpoint what is bothering you.

 

2.  The next thing is to keep as healthy as possible.  Get your exercise each day. Exercise is healthy for both body and mind.  Don't fall into a "self-induced coma."  Move....get some sun...and be around people.  Even a 20 minute walk each day can benefit your mood. 

 

Be aware of your well-being.  Encourage good thoughts by careful selection of what you put into your mind with books, music and other media.  Think happy thoughts.  Your mind is like a garden.  Plant a good crop, but be aware that weeds will come up.  Pull them up and toss them out.

 

3.   Do not fall into the trap of comparing yourself to anyone else.  There is no good outcome.  Either you foster pride or you feel badly  about yourself.  Accept yourself, warts and all, and be happy in your own skin. 

 

4.  Finally, some people feel like they coil up like a spring during the day, no matter how well the day goes.  If that happens to you, take some time each day to just sit and do nothing.  Imagine yourself in a place that makes you happy, and practice relaxation techniques.  You may be tensing your muscles and not even realize it. 

 

Remember that stress is no laughing matter.  If need be, prioritize your life, and do not be afraid to scale down or loosen up on your activities.  It is important that you see your children safely to school.  Whether or not you get the dishes done after breakfast....not so much.

 

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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