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Your Stress-Busting Checklist

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Trying to cut down on the stress in your life? These tips can help. See how many you can check off in the next 30 days on your way to a better life.

  • Set priorities. Focus on what’s important. Let the other stuff go.
  • Identify tasks that you can share or delegate, then ask for help.
  • Get organized. Disorder can make things confusing and hard to remember.
  • Set short-term goals you can reach. Reward yourself for meeting them!
  • Say no -- gracefully -- to taking on more obligations.
  • Focus on the positive. Choose to look for the good in others and yourself.
  • Laugh! Look for humor in your everyday life, or watch a funny video.
  • Listen to music. Choose tunes that relax or revive you.
  • Talk to a counselor or a friend.
  • Remember, things don't have to be perfect. Sometimes “good enough” is just fine.
  • Take a time-out for yoga, meditation, or some deep breaths.
  • Get regular exercise. Find something you like doing that you can work into your schedule.
  • Set aside some time, even 5 to 10 minutes, for yourself each day.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 13, 2014

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