99 Ways to Relieve Stress

1. Get up 15 minutes earlier
2. Prepare for the morning the night before
3. Avoid tight fitting clothes
4. Don't rely on memory...Write it down
5. Practice preventive maintenance
6. Make duplicate keys
7. Say "NO" more often
8. Set priorities in your life
9. Avoid negative peole
10. Use time wise

11. Simplify meal times
12. Always make copies of important papers
13. Anticipate your needs
14. Repair things that don't work properly
15. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike
16. Break large tasks into bite-size portions
17. Look at problems as challenges
19. Un-clutter your life
20. Be prepared for rain

21. Tickle a baby
22. Pet a friendly dog/cat
23. Don't know all the answers
24. Look for the silver lining
25. Say something nice to someone
26. Teach a kid to fly a kite
27. Walk in the rain
28. Schedule play time into every day
29. Take a bubble bath
30. Be aware of the decisions you make

31. Believe in yourself
32. Stop saying negative things to yourself
33. Visualize yourself winning
34. Develop your sense of humor
35. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better day
36. Have goals for yourself
37. Dance a jig
38. Say hello to a stranger
39. Ask a friend for a hug
40. Look up at the stars

41. Practice breathing slowly
42. Learn to whistle a tune
43. Listen top a symphony
44. Watch a ballet
45. Read a story curled up in bed
46. Do brand new thing
47. Stop a bad habit
48. Buy yourself flowers
49. Take time to smell the flowers
50. Find support from others

51. Ask someone to be your "Vent Partner"
52. Do it today
53. Work at being cheerful and optimistic
54. Put safety first
55. Do everthing in moderation
56. Pay attention to your appearance
57. Strive for excellence NOT perfection
58. Stretch your limits a little each day
59. Look at a work of art
60. Hum a jingle

61. Maintain your weight
62. Plant a tree
63. Feed the birds
64. Practice grace under pressure
65. Stand up and stretch
66. Always have a plan "B"
67. Learn a new doodle
68. Memorize a joke
69. Be responsible for your own feelings
70. Learn to meet your own needs

71. Become a better listener
72. Tell someone "Have a good day"
73. Throw a paper airplane
74. Exercise everyday
75. Learn the words to a new song
76. Get to work early
77. Clean out one closet
78. Play patty cake with a toddler
79. Go on a picnic
80. Take a different route to work

81. Leave work early (with permission) just for you
82. Put an air freshener in your car
83. Watch a movie and eat popcorn
84. Write a note to a far away friend
85. Go to a ballgame and scream for your team
86. Cook a meal and eat by candlelight
87. Remember that stress is an attitude
88. Keep a journal
89. Practice a monster smile
90. Remember you always have options

91. Have a support network: People/Places/Things
92. Quit trying to "Fix" other people
93. Get enough sleep
94. Talk less and listen more
95. Freely praise other people
96. Recognize the importance of unconditional love
97. Set appointments ahead
98. Cherish your family and friends, and let them know
99. Relax, remember you have the rest of your life to live

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