Reducing stress a little at a time

by Karen on February 18, 2009

I’ve got a busy couple of months coming up. We’re taking a mini-vacation to Washington DC at the end of the month, then we’re expecting several visitors in March and April. In addition to that, I just found out I’ll be going on a business trip at the end of March.

When I get busy, it’s more important than ever that I keep stress levels down. I find the best way to reduce stress is avoid it by staying on top of this a little bit at a time. Even if it’s something small, every little bit helps.

Here are some of the little things I do to keep things running smoothly and reduce stress:

  • Make my lunch and lay out my clothes before bed to avoid rushing around in the morning.
  • Spend 15 minutes a day tidying up to avoid a major mess at the end of the week.
  • Do one load of laundry every night to avoid a pile-up.
  • Plan a menu for the week.
  • Avoid letting clutter pile up on flat surfaces (tables, shelves, etc.)
  • Keep a small notepad with me to make notes and monitor my to-do list.

Avoiding stress a little bit at a time works for me. What little things do you to to avoid stress when you’re busy?

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