Dear Crissy

Sanity savers: 5 keys to curb s tress

Stress—it’s an inevitable part of life!

However, when you put your life and stressors in perspective, things are almost never as bad as they seem. It’s just too bad that good-advice doesn’t quite seem to quell our stress levels, even though we may know it to be the truth!

As I navigate my 30’s, I find that I focus more on finding strategies for managing my stress. The way I see it, we should spend as little time as possible stressing, and as much time as possible enjoying all of the beautiful and wonderful parts of our lives!

Sanity Savers: The Keys To Less-Stress

Here are my top 5 tips for keeping your stress under control!

5 Keys To Curb Stress

1. Take a Time Out — Parents, you may be used to administering time-outs to your toddlers, but sometimes we all need a little down-time to relax and get our thoughts in order. Try to find some quiet time to relax and clear your mind, it will help keep your stress in check!

2. Take Care of Yourself — On the same note, be sure you’re focusing on your physical and emotional well-being. Drink plenty of water, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, and make time for exercise and relaxation. Your stress may be amplified when you fail to put your basic needs first.

3. Take A Breath — I’m a big advocate of deep-breathing and visualization. When I’m feeling particularly stressed, I take a series of slow, deep, and cleansing breaths while focusing on a positive outcome to whatever is stressing me.

4. Take Action — I find that often, my stress is tied to procrastination. When I take actions, and take care of the tasks that are causing me worry, I can sometimes find immediate relief to my stress!

5. Take A Look Around — Take stock. Look at the good and positive points in your life (there are no doubt quite a few of them!), and try to put your stress in perspective. I could throw in a few cliches here.

Don’t worry, be happy, perhaps?

So, how do you keep your stress levels down?

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by State Farm via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of State Farm.

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26 Comments

  1. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? — May 20, 2013 @ 11:31 am (#)

    Those are all great tips! I’m terrible at remembering to take time for myself!

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  2. Chacoy — May 20, 2013 @ 11:34 am (#)

    Love these tips for when times do get stressful! I especially like the time out(: I could definitely use a few of those!

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  3. Mary — May 20, 2013 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tips! My #1 destressser – go for a WALK – ALONE!! :-) Followed by a pedicure or a nice coffee!

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  4. Meghan — May 20, 2013 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    Great advice! Much needed in this busy world :)

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  5. Shauna — May 20, 2013 @ 3:26 pm (#)

    When I was younger I had issues talking to my folks, so they took me to a shrink who said that when I got angry or stressed I should go for a walk… even if I was in the middle of an argument with the folks… it made them so mad, but REALLY helped me calm down and approach life with a cooler head… thanks for the post

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  6. Crystal — May 21, 2013 @ 10:57 pm (#)

    Great tips!! When I get stressed, I grab a cup of coffee and a good book, digital scrapbook which helps bring fun memories to mind, or I go get Starbucks with my best friend and we just laugh.

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  7. Donna Porter — May 23, 2013 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    When I am stressing out I just think about it’s not long until tonight. Night time is when my husband and distress. We talk about our day and watch some tv for a few hours. We both look forward to this. We call it our SANE time!

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  8. Teressa Morris — May 23, 2013 @ 4:20 pm (#)

    Thanks for the helpful hints, Crissy!! For me, yoga, exercise and positive visualization are the best ways to relieve stress. Also, holding my dogs or leaning on my hubby. Hearing someone else’s heartbeat always calms me down!!

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  9. marie sierra — May 23, 2013 @ 4:31 pm (#)

    I head for my craft room! it truly is my happy-place and the world disappears…along with all my problems, stress as soon as I start playing with paper!!

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  10. patty hibbard — May 23, 2013 @ 7:34 pm (#)

    I like your curb stress comments. I like the take time out and take care of your self.When my kids were young and they would get upset and have crying spell i would put them in time out and then they would settle down. I no when I get depress I dont eat. it makes me worse. So taking care of myself would help me. thank you for your help.

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  11. april correa — May 23, 2013 @ 9:44 pm (#)

    im gonna start this…i just turn 30, i still cant belive im saying that. lol. i dont mind getting older i worry more about how i feel. uptill now i realy never thought about my age, i mean people had to call my mom. lol stupid but its not a lie.

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  12. Nicole — May 23, 2013 @ 10:03 pm (#)

    Great tips! I have anxiety and a few of these would be great to try for that.

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  13. Terri Overmon — May 24, 2013 @ 11:02 am (#)

    Love the tip.

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  14. PattiB — May 24, 2013 @ 11:33 am (#)

    I close my eyes and breath in and out for a few minutes to relax and destress.

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  15. Dagmar — May 24, 2013 @ 1:57 pm (#)

    Great tips, try to remember them

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