6 Habits That Make You Miserable




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Do you have habits you wish you could lose? Working towards losing them may just be a step to improving your happiness. Here are a few common habits that might be making you miserable.

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Try A Couple Of These Great Techniques To Relieve Your Stress

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Stress is a hard thing to deal with. Everyone at some point in their life deals with stress. At times it is avoidable, but sometimes that isn’t the case. A big part of stress is the way you handle it. Those of you whom desire a better understanding of how your stress affects you and can be managed should read the tips below.

If you have ever heard the saying that laughter is the best medicine, it’s true! A great way to reduce stress is simply to laugh. Laughter is nature’s way of reducing the levels of stress hormones in your body. Along with reducing stress hormones, laughter also increases the good hormones in your body like endorphins and neurotransmitters, all of which help to make us happy.

A great tip that can help you fight stress is to simply pet your dog. Studies have shown that the simple act of petting a dog can greatly reduce stress levels in the body. The next time you’re feeling stressed out just pet your dog for a few minutes.

If you’re in a stressful situation, before you doing anything rash, stop and count to ten. This will give you a moment to relax and cool down. It’ll prevent you from doing something you might regret and instead letting your mind calm down enough to make rational choices.

When you are stressed at work or in class, hold a stress ball. This will allow you to squeeze something every time you get aggravated to help appease the tension that you feel. Holding onto a stress ball for a good part of the day is a very healthy way to eliminate stress.

A great tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to try and be humble. Having a big ego can come with a heavy price. More often than not, we find that we can’t live up to our own expectations if they’re set too high.

Call an old friend who you have not spoken to for a long time and catch up on where they are in life. This will bring back the memories that you had with them, which will make you feel great for the rest of the day. Rekindling an old friendship is a great way to eliminate stress.



Make sure that if you are staring at a computer at work for the majority of the day, to get up and stretch your body. Stretching is really important, as remaining stagnant for the greater part of the day can increase stress levels. Move around and chat with co-workers to improve how you feel.

Be silly! Acting a little silly or crazy can remove you from a stressful situation. Do something that makes you laugh and helps you to forget about your stress for a few minutes. Research shows that smiling and laughing, even if it is fake can help to take some stress away.

When it comes to dealing with stress, try going to a shooting range. Firing a firearm can be an fantastic way to let stress out in a safe manner. Be sure to follow all laws and regulations at the shooting range and this will not only be a great stress relief mechanism but also a possible new hobby for you.

A fantastic tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to make sure you have good posture at all times. When people slouch, they aren’t getting as much oxygen to the brain and that can make them stressed. Having and maintaining good posture can help you keep your stress levels down.

A nice, relaxing cup of tea is an excellent tension tamer. Select a tea with ingredients that are known to be very soothing, such as chamomile or passionflower. Steep the tea for about ten minutes to achieve the maximum strength from the herbs. Have a cup of tea at least once a day, when you get up in the morning or before you go to bed, to help ease any stress.

Deep breathing is one of the easiest ways to help relieve stress and tension, and it’s pretty cheap too! You can do it practically anywhere and deep breathing exercises work fast to oxygenate the blood which gives your brain a boost of energy, so you not only lose stress but you gain momentum!

If you’re finding yourself under a lot of stress often, try scheduling your day. If you plan your day out, you won’t have to worry about trying to figure out what do next. Or if you’re already doing this and are still stressed, do the opposite and try and wing it each day. Find the right medium between scheduling and winging it that works for you.

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One great way to deal with stress is to try to visualize something calming. This is important because if you are somewhere that does not allow for some sort of physical relaxation, you can try to imagine it and calm yourself down. An example would be to imagine the relaxing nature of a hot shower while you are at an office meeting.

Create a peaceful saying. Many people use a positive saying or affirmation that they say repeatedly when they begin to feel stressed. By repeating the affirmation, you can silence the more critical thoughts you are having about the situation. Next time you are feeling stressed, try saying the affirmation ten times in a row.

If you are fatigued, try to eliminate some of the stress that may be causing it. Fatigue can have a direct association with stress. When you are stressed it is difficult to sleep, even difficult to relax. It is as though your body is constantly fighting a battle with some unseen force. The result is an overwhelming sense of exhaustion.

Now you should see that it truly is possible to manage the stress in your life. You can’t avoid all stress, but you can avoid some and learn how to deal with what remains. Your happiness in life is contingent on how well you deal with stress, so it is important to know how to effectively manage the stress in your life. If you do, you will live a healthier and happier life.



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