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A Cure for Stress

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Are you walking around these days with a mental roll going on in your head? Inside your head you think - I really should go to Yoga, I really should get to the dentist, I should wash the car, walk the dog, do some gardening?

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Round and round and round you can go!

Sound familiar?

Of course all these things need to be done but you can cut yourself some slack and still get them done.

We all have the lists that play out in our heads, we stress about them if we don't get them done, and then we stress some more, sometimes even working ourselves into an illness or heart attack.

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We need to take care of ourselves!

What if you just stop for a minute? Give yourself permission to do nothing, turn off the chatter in your head.

For a couple of days do what you need to do, the things that can't be put off. Then rest your mind, rest your body.

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Schedule in some rest!

Now decide what is important to you. Decide what you want to do. Then start making a list, prioritizing what needs to be done, what you want to do, what can wait.

If you put things into perspective, it won't seem so overwhelming. You will know the something that you want to do because you have been talking about it for months, even though nothing has been done about it.

Say for instance you want to take Yoga classes but you haven't gotten to it yet, why not set some time aside to check it out? Sit down and take a look online or at the community newsletter to see if there is a class that will fit into your schedule? If it fits you will be more likely to go and you will enjoy it more. Now you have accomplished something you have wanted to do for a while.

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Sit and make a list!

Look at the things like washing the car, going to the doctor, painting that spare bedroom. What if you line up your time and decide that Saturday morning you will wash the car, then give yourself a break by walking up Mt Coot-tha for a coffee? You have now accomplished more things on your list and have done something for yourself. You come back refreshed, ready to get on with the next thing on the list.

If you make a habit of sitting down once a week to schedule those things you need to do and the things you want to do, add in some relaxation time, you alleviate some of the stresses in your life, you feel better.

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Take life in stride!
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