Chuck stress out of your life

I thought I would go for a 'lifestyle' post, as it can actually have a big impact on your health. I see at least 15-30 posts every single day on Facebook or Twitter about people being stressed, and some of those people just don't help themselves. So I thought I would share some tips on how to get rid of some stress.

Considering the world as we know it today seems to revolve around the internet, and for younger people, the internet simply means social networking. I love social networking, I think Twitter and Facebook are great, but they can actually cause a lot of stress, and sometimes, you don't even realise that its those kinds of sites that are stressing you out.

Its common to see people posting comments that are pretty much complaining about something/someone, moaning about their job, moaning about someone ON their Facebook or Twitter, or a hundred other things. There seems to be an ever growing trend at the moment, and that is simply known as a 'social networking clear out'. This is pretty much what it says - clearing out your social network accounts. Get rid of anyone that you don't like or anyone that bugs you. Go through your 'like' pages and unlike any pages that bothers you, even a little bit. Unfollow anyone that bugs you or you find irritating on Twitter. Delete anyone that annoys you on BBM or your contact list on your phone. Do this with any other communication device/account, and that in itself will actually get rid of some stress. After all, its YOUR account, where you should go on there to have fun, catch up on the latest news, and talk to friends, NOT to get annoyed and stressed out. There are no prizes for having 2000 friends on Facebook, and it really doesn't look impressive, it actually looks a little desperate!

Another thing that I would advise you to do, is just have a clear out of your room/house/apartment. Having stuff in your personal space that is not needed, or brings up bad memories, just get rid of it. By having a full clear out, when you come home from work/school, you're surrounded by nothing except things that you want and need.

You want to create a division between your work and personal life. You don't want to have a stressful day at work only to come home to a room or home that has work everywhere, because you will feel like you are still at work. Have a room or part of your bedroom (if you live with your family) that is dedicated to your work 'stuff'. This way, everywhere else is your space, where you can relax and chill out.

You also want to learn how to be super organised. This may sound stressful to do, but I assure you, when you are 'super organised', your life will actually be a lot less stressful. Having things to help you be organised, such as a diary/calender/whiteboard/notice board etc etc, will make you stay on top of things, and your life will actually run a lot smoother. By being organised, you will know exactly where things are, what your schedule for the day is like, things you have to remember to do and so on.

Lastly, money! Money can be extremely stressful, but you can help this situation. Get on top of your money! Start by making a good spreadsheet (or purchase some software) and make sure you keep records of your 'money in money out' every month. Make sure your online banking is sorted and you know how to use it. Make sure you don't have any more cards than you need to have. Make sure you put money away every month for a 'rainy day'. This way, YOU will be in complete control of your banking, and that itself will drop a chunk of stress. I see so many people moaning about their bank balance, and it doesn't seem like they are in control at all.

Once you become in control of every aspect of your life (that you can actually control) you will feel like a weight has been lifted. Remember, stress can be a b**ch! Don't let it rule you, take control and get rid of it!

Oh! I forgot to add - make sure you make time for some 'me time', everyone deserves to do things they love, whether thats playing sports, socialising, going to the spa, or simply at home watching a movie. Treat yourself once in a while ;)

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