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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

50 Ways to Get Unstressed

I get a newsletter from Dr. Alan Zimmerman called "Tuesday Tip." He talks about a wide variety of topics. This week's really spoke to me so I thought I would share since he says you can. His website is http://www.DrZimmerman.com. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Will warn you, though, this one will take a few minutes to read.

Reprinted with permission from Dr. Alan Zimmerman's Internet newsletter, the 'Tuesday Tip.'

DR. ZIMMERMAN'S 50 WAYS TO GET UNSTRESSED IN A STRESSED-OUT WORLD

DE-CLUTTER YOUR ENVIRONMENT. PEACE IS NEVER FOUND IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS.

1. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
2. Get a place for everything, and put everything in its place.
3. Have backups: an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps in the car, whatever will lower your stress.
4. Surround yourself with what you love ... whether it's pets, plants, music, hobbies, or keepsakes. Make your home your refuge.
5. Enjoy the simple things.
6. Take one day at a time.
7. Slow down. You're never going to get it all done anyway.
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Spread big changes and difficult projects over time. Don't lump all the hard things together.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. THERE'S NO PLACE ELSE TO LIVE.

10. Eat right.
11. Go to bed on time. Get enough rest.
12. Get up on time. Start your day with calmness.
13. Drive carefully. Cars aren't the only things that can be recalled by their maker.
14. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
15. Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.

GUARD YOUR HEART. DON'T LET THE WORLD STEAL YOUR JOY.

16. Laugh. And then laugh some more -- even if you have to fake it til you make it.
17. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
18. Do something for the kid in you every day.
19. Smile. Peace starts with a smile.
20. Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
21. Do what is right. Forbidden fruits create jams.
22. Don't let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.
23. Let the tears come. Endure, grieve, and move on. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
24. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county or a foreign country ... but not to Guilt City.
25. Don't forget ... birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

WATCH YOUR MOUTH. THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH ARE FOUND IN THE TONGUE.

26. Talk less. Listen more.
27. Tell your loved ones ... that you love them ... at every opportunity.
28. Keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
29. Be kind to unkind people. They probably need it the most. And if you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
30. Don't put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
31. Practice KYMS (Keeping Your Mouth Shut). It will prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
32. Forgive. Most people are doing the best they can with what they have.

BUILD YOUR RELATIONSHIPS. THEY DETERMINE THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE.

33. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
34. Build memories. Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
35. Learn to get along ... just like crayons. Some are sharp. Some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors. But they all have to live in the same box.
36. Let go of grudges. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
37. Refrain from judgment. God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?
38. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

NURTURE YOUR SPIRIT. IT'S THE SOURCE OF HOPE.

39. Take time ... every day ... to be alone ... and relish the power of peace and quiet.
40. Listen to a motivational CD while you're driving ... a CD that will improve your quality of life.
41. Write down every great thought that comes to you. Chances are you won't remember them, and it may take you another 20 years to learn the lesson you just lost.
42. Keep a folder of your favorite sayings on hand.
43. Write down one thing you're grateful for. And then add one more thing to your list each and every day.
44. Make a list of what you want to do, have, experience, and witness before you die. It's a sure way to get a lot more of what you want in your life!
45. Strive for excellence. It is not necessary to be perfect. Excellence will do just fine!
46. Walk your talk. It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.
47. Remember, when you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there.
48. Pray. Then take some time to listen. Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.
49. Don't put a question mark where God put a period.
50. Remember ... the Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

Action:Circle three tips that you will focus on this week, and then consciously follow those tips for the next seven days. Let them become a habit in your life.

Dr. Zimmerman is primarily a motivational speaker. This newsletter is free to anyone who wants to sign up. Just go to the website http://www.DrZimmerman.com to sign up. It gets delivered to your inbox every Tuesday, 52 weeks a year. It's supposed to be geared towards business folks, but most of it applies to every day life, too. He also has a Tweeter account for those of you who Tweet http://www.Twitter.com/Dr_Zimmerman.

Think this one spoke to me so much this week because I've been thinking a lot about the power of prayer this week. But, that is for another blog...

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for all of this...its really helpful! Espically since im a 13 year old and its kinda hard for me to know what to do when I get stressed....i like all of your ideas! Thanks your a HUGE help! :)

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  2. OMG yes! Thank you so much! I am 14 and in 8th grade and I am so stressed over my homework and schoolwork and grades. I am stressed over my future in college as well, but this helps me alot! Thank you so much :)

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  3. Thank you SO much! I'm only 14, but a lot has been going through my mind lately. Just moved out of the one and only house I have ever lived in, new school, new friends, and to top it off I just started highschool. It feel likes everything is just going wrong in my life. Then I read this, so motivational. Glad I finally have somewhere to put my thoughts down, even if no one is listening...It's still very nice.
    Thank you.

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  4. Hi i get stressed over people killing themselves and sometimes me its harsh for me and my friend! but i read you ideas and i think there perfect for us. Thank you so much for bringing this up for everyone to see i know it will help me and my friend get through everything. I'm glad that the ideas you put down will help people cause most of the time when people get stressed out they kill themselves for real and it hurts people to so THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for you're help :)

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  5. I can tell the comments above are girls but let me tell you, not just girls have stressed lives. Guys if you are reading this it will help in the future coming. Girls are looking for someone to talk to. As you can tell above these girls are inspired by this and that should put a spark in you head. You can do this exact same thing with any other person to help them feel better. Do all of this in your life and your life will be perfect in your mind. Ask yourself, would the younger version of you look up to you now? If not then switch things around to make it happen. If life gets harder then think of it as you just leveled up. Live life at it's fullest and fulfill it. Good luck and enjoy some happy thoughts from this comment :)

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  6. This was Very useful school isn't going well for me...

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  7. Hi my husband gets stressed out over my mom and he already said he was sorry she forgave him but she wants him to leave her alone til she is ready he is not allowed to ride with us or on their yard til she says it is ok what should my husband do without gettin so stressed out that he wants to kill himself

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  8. thank :) this helped a lot

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