Do you find yourself at the boiling point running around after your kids?  Or, is there a situation at work that you could really do without?

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15 minutes is all it could take to go from ‘uber-stressed’ to ‘zen-like’ if you follow this simple list of tips for leading a more stress-free existence!

Exercise

One way to work off stress and anxiety is to get moving. You can join a gym, work out in your bedroom or garage, or just take a walk. It’s a great way to get your endorphins going and feel happier.

You can also try exercising together with your family. One of the benefits of exercising together is that you’ll all feel calmer afterward.

Smile

Smiling and laughing is one of the best ways to instantly lighten your mood.  A good joke with a friend, a good movie with your partner or just smiling at the sun shine.

Listen to music

Music is one of the best ways to relax and de-stress, and it’s popular with people of all ages, income levels, and other factors. Pick the music you like; it’s usually more effective, though, when you choose something quiet.  Try several different musical styles – you’ll know when you’re listening to something that works for you. And once you’ve located it, you can listen whenever you need to for a calming break.

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Read

Choose a lighthearted book that’s comical, romantic, or otherwise makes you feel good. You can also read a religious or spiritual book if you’re so inclined. Any book that gives a good, positive message about the world or the people in it can help you feel better and be more relaxed.

Be grateful

When you’re feeling stressed, try counting your blessings. Write them down in a gratitude journal. There is always something you can be thankful for… sometimes it is as simple as waking up. Think about all the things that are good in your life.  Positive thinking helps diffuse your anger and brings you more good things to feel good about!

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