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45 Ways to Reduce Stress

by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, HHP, CH

(The Best Years in Life) Stress has been called "the silent killer" for very good reason.  It can lead to a world of physical and psychological problems, it speeds the disease process and it retards and prevents recovery from illness.  Following is a list of 45 ways to reduce stress submitted by naturopathic practitioner Loretta Lanphier:

  1. Pray about everything.

  2. Talk less; Listen more.

  3. Go to bed before 10:30 p.m. Sleep in a cool dark room.

  4. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

  5. During your morning shower/bath think of at least five blessings in your life.

  6. Learn to politely say “No,” to projects/activities that do not fit into your time schedule.

  7. Learn to delegate tasks to others.

  8. Simplify and un-clutter your life.  Keep your home, car and your office organized.

  9. Less is often more.

  10. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.  Constantly being late is fertile ground for stress.

  11. Respect other people’s time just as you want them to respect yours.  If you are held up in traffic then call ahead and/or be willing to re-schedule the meeting, appointment, etc.

  12. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the difficult things all together.  Don’t procrastinate.

  13. Take one day at a time.  Learn to live in the “now”.

  14. Separate worry from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you to do and let go of the anxiety. Remember that there are always solutions and answers to every situation and concern. Worry will rob you of your joy.

  15. Live within your budget and means.  Save some money from every paycheck, even if it is only $5.

  16. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, extra sunglasses, extra garage door opener, etc.

  17. K. M. S. (Keep Mouth Shut!) This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble and stress. Practice it regularly.

  18. Do something for the child in you everyday.

  19. Carry an inspirational book with you to read while waiting in line or waiting for an appointment.

  20. Get daily exercise and sunshine. A daily walk in the sunshine is not only healthy but will help to minimize life’s stressors.

  21. Eat healthy at every meal and pass on the fast food and sugary drinks/snacks.

  22. Organize your desk/work area so that everything has its place.

  23. Listen to a self-help or inspirational CD while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

  24. Write thoughts and inspirations down. Keep a Blessings List or Notebook and add to it every evening before bed.

  25. Every day take 20 minutes to be alone. Practice deep breathing exercises, take a hot bath, read, meditate, pray, sip a cup of herbal tea, listen to soothing music or just close your eyes and relax. Set up a comfy chair with a nice throw/blanket in your bedroom or den. Include a side table to hold a lamp, books, IPOD, CD player, etc.  Let your family know that when you are in that chair, you are unavailable unless someone or something is on fire!

  26. When concerns arise, talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small concerns in the bud. Don’t wait until its time to go to bed to pray – most of us are too tired.

  27. Cherish your friends and acknowledge their special days (birthday, anniversary, etc.)

  28. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures and sayings on hand.

  29. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you God!”

  30. Flash a big smile at two people (that you don’t know) everyday…just for fun! 

  31. Remember to laugh!

  32. Learn to control your temper.  Harsh words said in anger can never be taken back.  They have a negative effect on every cell of the body and actually bring the immune system down.

  33. Take your work seriously, but yourself not at all.  Don’t be too hard on yourself.

  34. Develop a forgiving attitude and spirit (most people are doing the best they can). We all make mistakes. Practice forgiveness and soon it will become habit!

  35. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

  36. Sit on your ego. Don’t talk about yourself and your accomplishments all the time. 

  37. Slow down and enjoy each moment.  Make a practice of being aware of all that is going on around you—flowers, refreshing rain, dew drops on trees, deep colors of nature, cool breeze, the aroma of cookies in the oven, etc.

  38. Take an organic multi-vitamin/mineral supplement every day. Include a natural sourced B-Complex to help your body manage stress. It’s a proven fact that vitamins and minerals can help with stress.

  39. Eliminate EMF (electromagnetic fields) stress by using EMF protection. Research now links long term exposure to manmade EMFs with chronic health issues — from stress and fatigue to cancer.

  40. Be positive!  Look for the good in every event and situation that comes your way.

  41. Be teachable and desire to learn. Know-it-alls are tiresome to the spirit and often avoided by others.

  42. Eliminate negative TV and movies. 

  43. Decide to do more reading, listening to good music, outdoor activities, family night game playing, crafting, evenings with good friends, etc.

  44. Invest in family relationships. Give your spouse and children your undivided attention, support and love. Tell them you love them every day!

  45. Remember that you are not the general manager of the universe.

Related Articles by Loretta. Lanphier:

Electromagnetic Frequencies and Radiation Information

Electromagnetic Frequency Quotes

See also:

Taking Time to Smell the Roses Really CAN Ease Stress

How to Make Your Home a Haven


This article was originally published at

About the Author:

Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP is a Naturopathic Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist, Clinical Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner as well as Founder/CEO of Oasis Advanced Wellness. As a stage III cancer survivor since 2000, she understands the necessity of providing the body with what it needs to repair and heal. Loretta is dedicated to helping people create lasting changes in their health and well-being through whole body nutritional balancing, physician strength supplementation and up-to-date natural health education and modalities. Loretta is Editor and contributor to the worldwide e-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness and her new health and wellness blog Exhibit Health.  She is also a co-moderator of our Yahoo Health Group focused on cancer, Oleandersoup.


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