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21 Super-Easy Tiny Pleasures Guaranteed to Destroy Stress

Tiny Pleasures Dispel Stress

Everyday, you have so many tiny pleasures available to you that could serve as powerful antidotes to stress, if you’re willing to slow down and enjoy them.

Science tells us that stress can increase the desire for pleasure and lead to unhealthy behaviors like overeating and the full range of addictions.

Conversely, healthy pleasures, in small doses, can inhibit stress by reducing anxiety responses in the brain.  Tiny pleasures release feel good chemicals in the brain that can intervene in the stress response.  When you stack tiny pleasures, one upon the other, throughout the day, they can help you build resilience to stress as well.

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Is Meditation the Best Solution for Stress and Overwhelm?

Too busy to meditate?

Have you tried to meditate to manage stress and overwhelm, but found it impossible to maintain a regular practice?

No doubt, you want to meditate for a reason. You know that mindfulness meditation is good for you – for your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

But perhaps you’ve come to see meditation as another pressure and resent the time it takes away from your real-world obligations. Sometimes, you may feel aversion at the very thought of meditation. And, when you try to meditate amidst all the pressing demands of your life, sitting still may feel excruciatingly difficult.

How do you get through this?

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How to Create a Stress Reduction Plan That Will Work

Create a year-long (or shorter) stress strategy with this free workbook.

Is absolutely everyone stressed out these days?

More than three-quarters of the U. S. population say they regularly experience stress-related symptoms. Not just stressful events alone, but actual symptoms like fatigue, headaches, upset stomachs, muscle tension, change in appetite, anxiety, and depression.

Stress has become so commonplace, it’s temping to ignore or minimize it, hoping it will go away.  After all, you don’t want to be the odd person out, the only one who isn’t complaining about how overwhelmed and stressed they are.

Or do you?  Think about it for a moment.

The truth is, if you’re caught in chronic stress, there’s a very good chance your stress response will get stronger due to constant repetition.  That means stress-related symptoms are likely to continue and probably worsen.  And, on the long run, all the wear and tear on your body from chronic stress may contribute to the development of a serious condition like cardio-vascular disease or lowered immunity.

Deep in your heart, I’m sure you would love to say a relaxed but resolute  “no” to stress.  But how do you make it happen?

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Did You Know: Smiling Can Reduce Stress?

Did you know? Smiling reduces stress. Here's why + monthly stress challenge.

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers that also counteract stress, and serotonin, a substance that makes you feel good.  Smiling may also increase immune function, extend your longevity, reduce your blood pressure, and increase focus and productivity.

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21 Ways to Eliminate Stress from Your Life

Helpful Ways to Eliminate Stress

Wouldn’t it be better to prevent unnecessary stress rather than scramble to manage excessive stress once it’s out of control and wracking havoc on your body, brain, and emotions?

It’s not possible to remove stress completely, and you wouldn’t want to.  Stress is a natural response to potentially dangerous events.  And positive stress, known as “eustress,” keeps you moving through challenges towards your goals.

With a little thought and determination, however, you can subtract many of the sources of stress from you life.  Once you do, ease and joy will become the norm rather than a constant sense of frazzle.

It takes time to eliminate stress.  I’ve been eliminating stressors for a while now and there’s more to go.  Some causes of stress are deeply rooted in the psyche, so naturally it will take longer to remove them.  Nevertheless, I think you’ll agree, eliminating the causes of stress is one of the best ways you can contribute to your own health and well-being.

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How to Stop Stress: Know Your Early Warning Signs

Monthly Stress Challenges | Stress Tips

When you know your early warning signs of stress, you can head tension off at the pass.  This is such a worthwhile habit to develop because chronic stress is a killer. Too much of it kills your joy, ruins your relationships, and wrecks your health.

Take 5 minutes right now and jot down your immediate response to the following questions.  When stress starts to mount:

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