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Try Out These Common Sense Stress Reducers

Along with all the complicated advice on how to reduce stress, there are some simple things you can do to make things a bit easier. 

Get Organized
By putting things back where they belong the first time, you will eliminate the stress of searching for lost items. Be sure not to overbook yourself either; give yourself plenty of time to get to appointments or meetings. 

Live in the Present
Brooding about the past or worrying about tomorrow can increase your stress level. Be realistic about what you can control. Try to focus on the here-and-now in order to not only enjoy what you are doing, but to reduce some of the stress you feel from past or future events.

Help Others
Stress can grow in your mind when you are only focused on yourself. Take time each day to reach out to others around you. It can be as extensive as volunteering to help cancer patients or to teach children to read, or you can simply lend a sympathetic ear to a friend. Either way, you will be less focused on your problems and may be able to better put your worries into perspective.

Laugh
Humor is a powerful antidote to stress. Laughter distances you from problems, allowing you to gain some perspective on the situation. Try to look on the bright side of things and find the humor in every situation.

Let It Go
One thing you don’t need is more stress. Be sure that your worries are yours and not those of other people. You can not control the actions or situations of others, and you may not always know the best way to deal with the things others have to face. You can be sympathetic, but try not to get upset over other people’s problems.

It’s hard to leave home sometimes—trust us, we know. But Equitable in Des Moines, Iowa it is important to not only stay active in your community, but to also express curiosity about new subjects. Spread your roots and learn new things.

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