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6 Surprising Ways to Instantly Lower Stress

3. Reinvent your vocabulary
Words have a powerful influence over our mind. Think positive thoughts and use positive words. You don’t need to buy a dictionary and start learning lots of fancy new words. Just ban two simple words from your vocabulary…and add one important one. Never utter the words “I can’t” again. Saying things like “I can’t do it anymore” is a defeatist attitude that is a recipe for failure. And with failure comes stress. So don’t say “I can’t.” Say “I’ll try.” And here’s a word that many caregivers need to add to their vocabulary: “No!” It’s one of the first words that babies learn - and they use it often. But as adults, the word seems to have slipped from our vocabulary. Learn how to say “no.” Know your limits and stick to them, whether in your personal or professional life.

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4. Talk slower
Whenever you feel overwhelmed by stress, practice speaking more slowly than usual. You’ll find that you think more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations. Stressed people tend to speak fast and breathlessly. By slowing down your speech you’ll also appear less anxious and more in control of any situation.

5. Get a haircut
Beautify! Invest in a good haircut, adopt a 5-minute makeup routine or get out of those sweat pants. Looking good makes you feel better. Even if you just do a quick swipe of blush, mascara and lipstick, you’ll feel better. A funky necklace or a great pair of earrings can quickly lift your spirits – even if you’re not leaving the house.

6. Stop counting calories
Counting calories every single day can be very tiring, stressful and makes you even hungrier! Instead, focus on making healthy food choices. A diet rich in fruits, veggies, beans and whole grains, is high in water content and fiber, you’ll feel full and be less inclined to overeat or eat unhealthy foods. And in turn, this will reduce the stress connected with weight gain and self-blame.

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5:10AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

thank you for sharing thesee

6:50AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012


9:20PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

thnx for this - I'm going to try

10:37AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

good ideas, thank you.

9:41AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

I will try.....LOL
tks so much.

6:39AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012


10:13PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Again, I've tried a few of these ideas, with good results.
Another good article--thank you.

2:55PM PST on Dec 5, 2011


8:36AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Great tips to implament in my crazy days.

5:44PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Our brains, like the rest of our bodies, wants to be in balance. Compensatory hormones come into play when we get anxious.

Ever noticed the longer you expose yourself to a stressful situation, it can get easier to bear? If you have, those compensatory hormones are working.

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