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Stressed? Here are a few things to improve your quality of life.

Life is filled with trial, error, failure, stressors, ups and downs. That’s normal, and most of us have ways in which we cope with these day to day stressors. There are, however, still a lot of stressors in our lives that we choose to allow or accept, some of which are out of our hands, while others could absolutely be eliminated. A lot of minor things add up, leading to overall stress and anxiety, which is sometimes very hard to pinpoint. The reason why it is hard to pinpoint is because it’s more than just one thing.

Here is a list of things that I’ve started doing to eliminate unnecessary stressors and to improve my overall quality of life.

Keep your environment clean

Yes, keeping the environment clean is great, but I’m not talking about planet earth. I’m talking about your own personal environment. This includes your home, your car, your office desk at work, and all the other areas in which you spend most of your time. Living in chaos (even if you’re used to it) can be very stressful. I know a lot of people who claim to simply be messy, which may very well be the case, however, it doesn’t take much to organize a few basic areas of your space, even if it’s just your wardrobe. To get you started, here are some easy ways to organize without doing too much work:

  • Make your bed (your entire bedroom will look cleaner, trust me)
  • Pick up clothes on the floor and throw them in the hamper
  • Get storage boxes to eliminate the clutter (you should organize them, but if you don’t, no one will know)
  • Ditch the people that add stress to your life

Friends come and go, and while it can be sad to let go of a long time friend, there are some cases in which you need to do what is right for you. I’m not saying to block all of your friends when a minor inconvenience comes up, but if there is one particular person who is causing you a lot of stress and anxiety, it’s okay to distance yourself. You should be there for a friend in need as much as you can, but if whatever is going on with them is starting to rub off on you or affect you negatively, then take that as your sign to walk away. You can also just tell that friend that they’ve been rubbing off on you and see if there’s something that can be done about it. Either way, without going into too much detail about individual situations, if your relationship with someone is hurting you, let them go.

Dedicate 30 – 60 minutes a day to yourself

When I say dedicate an hour a day to yourself, I’m talking about one hour each day that you dedicate to things that you enjoy unrelated to work or other tasks. Whether this be writing, reading, exercising, or playing video games, give yourself one hour each day to really do something that relaxes you and makes you happy. Most of us lead pretty busy lives with full time jobs, children, a social life, families, the list goes on. It can be easy to forget about yourself and engage in your personal hobbies, when there is so much pressure to do all these other things. Don’t forget to relax a little bit. Thirty minutes to an hour is not much time, but four to seven hours a week adds up and can definitely help improve your quality of life.

Most importantly, you should try to think deeper into what is causing you the most stress. People tend to brush stress off and blame it on things like work, and while it is true that “it’s life” and things happen, some of those major stressors can be eliminated with just a few simple steps. I’m sure that there are many more things that can be done to improve your quality of life, but for me, the above mentioned three steps have helped me tremendously and I hope they help you too!

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