7 Habits That Will Make Your Life Less Stressful
You might think that you can't do much to change the stress level in your life, but the truth is, you have more control over your life than you think. You've gotten used to your current habits over a period of years and change isn't easy. It will take time to implement new habits, but you can do so and reduce the stress in your life. Here are seven habits that will make your life less stressful.
1. Stop trying to please everyone else
You will never succeed at pleasing everyone around you, so you need to focus on making yourself happy. If you try to please everyone else, you will be a chameleon, constantly changing to suit your surroundings. Anyone who likes you is going to do so for who you are, not who you pretend to be. When you stop caring what others think, you will be less stressed.
2. Don't check your phone as soon as you wake up
When you first wake up, instead of checking your phone to read emails, texts, and status updates, spend some time with yourself. Use this time to think about what you want to accomplish during the day. By checking your phone first thing in the morning, you are thinking about other people more than you're thinking about yourself and bringing stress into your day earlier than you need to. Not everyone needs to be answered immediately. Spend these first minutes of the day with yourself.
3. Distance yourself from toxic people
Toxic people do not make your life enjoyable. If you have friends who stress you out, it's time to consider distancing yourself from them. You aren't obligated to deal with other people's complaints and troubles day after day. Everyone has troubles now and then, but when you are expected to listen to someone's problems constantly, this is more stress than you should deal with. Surround yourself with people you're eager to spend time with.
4. Save money
Saving money is something you can do that will reduce your stress not only now, but in the future as well. When you save money, you know that you have a safety net should you ever need it. In order to save money you may need to stop spending as much as you're spending currently. This will also reduce your stress because you won't be faced with credit card bills that are as high as you've become used to seeing.
5. Ask for help
If you are used to taking care of everything on your own, it's important that you start asking for help and expecting other people pitch in. It's not your job to make everyone else's life easier while you struggle to get everything done. Your husband, wife, children, or roommate all have the ability to help out around the house. If you cook dinner, someone else can clean up. If you and your spouse both work jobs, both of you should help out around the house. Stop trying to juggle everything on your own and you will reduce your stress in a big way.
6. Learn to focus
When you are trying to complete a task, focus on completing it before you get distracted by text messages coming in. It's a good idea to turn off notifications so that you're not constantly interrupted by incoming messages. You can check your texts and emails when you're finished with your task. Do not keep web pages open that will distract you. Close anything social-media- and email-related while you are working.
7. Simplify your to-do list
If your to-do list reads like a novel, it's time to trim it down to the few items that you want to accomplish each day. Instead of trying to accomplish a week's worth of tasks in one or two days, you are going to be stressed and overwhelmed. Decide what has to be done today and make those three things your priority. You will be less stressed and complete them better because you don't have a million things to rush through.
To create a life that is less stressful you must implement new habits. This won't be something that happens overnight; you probably will slip back into old habits a few times before the new ones stick. But if you keep trying, you will be able to create a new life that is much less stressful.
About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or BCarroll@pivot.com.