1) Take the bus or subway instead of driving.
Make this a “no mobile device zone”. Instead bring a book to read. When’s the last time you enjoyed a good book? By commuting on public transportation at least a few times per week, you will build in some time for yourself and eliminate the stress of driving. Heck, you’ll even save some money and benefit the environment!
2) Wake up before the kids.
Set your alarm clock half an hour earlier than normal to create some time for yourself. Have your coffee on the front porch and listen to the birds. Use this time to do whatever it is you enjoy most.
3) Take a vacation day.
Sometimes we need a break from work. Plan a vacation day to actually break away and recharge! Sleep in, avoid the phone and email, and simply rejuvenate.
If you try to institute a couple of these life changes, you are guaranteed to wreak the benefits. You will notice yourself feeling stressed less often and may be surprised by the beaming smile you begin to carry on your face.
Guest Post by Maribeth Ecklar
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