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6 Easy Ways to Beat Stress (and Pain Associated With It)

From the news we see on TV, to work, kids, money — you name it — all of us have stress in our lives. That’s a given.

What’s variable are the ways we manage stress. Some people have a hard time doing it. But imagine if you could reduce your stress levels and the pain it causes you by making subtle, simple and effective changes to your everyday routine?

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Here are 6 techniques experts say will take away some of the stress in your life and can easily be integrated into your lifestyle.

1. Early to bed, early to rise

Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier will begin the day off just right. If your mornings are chaotic, it is likely that the rest of your day will also follow this energy. To prevent this from happening, give yourself time in the morning so you can relax and get ready for your day at a more leisurely pace. You can even organize yourself the night before, so you can spend time in the morning doing things that you actually enjoy like reading, sipping coffee, exercising and so on.

2. Make lists

Experts recommend you start the day by making a list of all the things you have to do. This will help you stay on track and keep you organized for the day ahead. It can also be satisfying to cross off or check each item as you complete it. If you find it overwhelming to make a list, try to only include things that are 100 percent necessary for you to do that day.

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3. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Worrying takes up a lot of energy and sucks time out of the day. Don’t waste your time worrying about things that you cannot control. No amount of worrying is going to change the situation so it is not worth your time. If the situation is in your control however, keep your mind focused on solutions rather than the problem.

TIP: When you give energy to a problem, it grows and becomes more complicated and difficult to manage.

4. Just Say ‘No’

One of the most powerful ways to reduce stress in your life is learning how to say ‘No’ to the things that you don’t really want to do. If you find yourself agreeing to things because you feel bad or because you “should” do them, you may want to reconsider this line of thinking. Putting pressure on yourself like this can lead to a lot of unnecessary stress and can also leave you less time to do the things that you actually want to do.

5. Limit Distractions

Do the effects of your weekend partying spill over into the rest of your week? Do you spend hours a day checking Facebook and scrolling through social media? Take the time to identify things that are distracting you from moving forward and actually doing the things that you want to do with your life. For example, if you are spending roughly 5 hours a week on social media, consider cutting this time in half and using the rest of the time to take up a new hobby or do something that feels rewarding and purposeful.

6. Eat well

Poor nutrition makes it harder for your body to deal with stress — and it’s a migraine trigger. When you nourish your body with a wide variety of healthy foods, it gives you the fuel you need to get through the day. Try to incorporate a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits, protein, healthy fats and whole grains into your diet. Also remember to drink lots and lots of water through the day, as this can also help to restore energy levels and improve the functioning of your body.

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