How to Respond to a Positive Pregnancy Test

August 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Health & Fitness

preg2Whether you were trying or not, a plus size or “pregnant” on a small digital stick is certainly nothing to sneeze out. The clenching in your stomach, the feeling of faintness and, most of all, the wonder hits all at once. Am I really pregnant and what do I do next?

Be Still and Take a Moment to Breathe

After seeing a positive pregnancy test, you’ll have waves of emotions. The first for many women – even if they want a baby desperately – is to deny the result. This is probably why pregnancy tests are sold in packs of two. If you need to test again, do so. But once you get that positive twice, have a seat, look at the test a few times and just be still. Let the emotions roll over you until you’ve actually processed the thought completely – the pregnancy test says your pregnant. The pregnancy test is likely the same kind they use at the doctor’s office. Chances are very good that you’re pregnant and now you must figure out what to do next.


Tell Him…or Don’t Tell Him

If you’re in this together with a partner or husband, it would be wise to tell him as soon as possible, unless you’re planning to make it a fun surprise in a few days. If you’re waiting to hear from the doctor before contacting the father who is not a partner, there is no need to tell him immediately. If you do have a supporting partner, you’ll want him by your side throughout the first few days as you process the emotions and prepare for your first doctor’s appointment.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Doctor

Most women don’t have a regular relationship with an obgyn until they are pregnant. Suddenly, you’ll want to find the best obgyn for your care as you’re looking at almost a year together including appointments after the birth. Schedule an appointment with an obgyn you’re comfortable with or a practice you’ve used in the past and liked. Be sure to tell the receptionist that this is your first pregnancy. Women pregnant with their first are treated a bit differently than those who have done this number once before.


Initial Pregnancy Appointment

You might be asked to wait until six or eight weeks for an initial appointment, but if you’re longing for an official confirmation, you can get an appointment as early as the next day. Bring your partner so that he can hear the information you are. You’ll meet with the nurse during this first appointment to get vital signs, report all the important dates, such as the date of your last period, and have than all important pregnancy test. (It will likely involve a little cup and a toilet at this stage – sound familiar?)

You’ll then meet with the doctor for an initial pap smear and if you’re very lucky a chance to see the fluttering heartbeat on an ultrasound. Be aware, by the way, that your first few ultrasounds will be vaginal ultrasounds – the ones on the abdomen don’t do as good a job “seeing” the baby. You’ll leave the appointment with a prescription for prenatal vitamins, information on how to eat correctly and how to care for yourself and baby, an appointment in a month to check on the pregnancy, and if you’re truly lucky, a printed picture of a tiny bean already hard at work growing in your uterus.

Easy Step By Step Instructions to Being Positive About Pregnancy
  • Take a pregnancy test
  • Take another pregnancy test if you need to
  • Sit and be still for a while to process emotions
  • Tell your partner or make plans to tell him later as fitting
  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor
  • Enjoy the knowledge that you’ve created a life
Warnings, Advice, and Suggestions About Finding Out You Are Pregnant

Don’t be afraid to change your obgyn. San Diego and every other city has many to choose from. If you’re not comfortable after your first appointment, find a doctor you are comfortable with.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)
Loading ... Loading ...

How to Survive Your First Deployment as a Military Spouse

February 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Relationships

Military Spouse

Two months into my relationship, we received a letter with the one word no military spouse or significant other ever wants to hear: Deployment. At first, I was devastated. I wondered if I was strong enough to be on my own from almost a year, everyday worrying about the safety and well being of my boyfriend. I wondered how I would survive and how would I make it through.

Communication With Your Partner

From the day you receive orders, to the day your loved one returns, it is imperative that you keep lines of communication open between you. Not everyone is as lucky as I was to be able to talk on the phone. Sometimes it will be months before you receive a phone call. Be honest about how you are feeling. Let them know that you miss them. If you are scared, tell them why. There is a lot of debate, especially amongst military wives whether it is better for the soldier to hear what they want to hear. It is true that a worried soldier on deployment is not as focused but it is also true that you are human and allowed to have feelings.


Stay Busy and Active

The easiest way to survive deployment is to stay busy and active. Time goes by faster and there is less time to miss them if you are engaged in activities. Holidays will pass, birthdays will come and go but the important thing to remember is that every day brings you closer and closer. Set small goals for yourself like organizing the closet, running a marathon, reading a book. Not only do these things keep your occupied, they are ways to stay connected with yourself instead of getting caught up in losing time with your loved one.

Care Packages Are a Great Help

SNACKS SNACKS SNACKS. Everything overseas comes in stale and just not the same as from home. Little reminders of home that don’t take up much room or can be used and disposed of are always welcome distractions and fun projects for the people at home. Small ways to pass the time are also handy on deployments. Decks of cards, Nerf balls and stationary are always easy and inexpensive to send.


Easy Step By Step Instructions For Surviving Your First Military Deployment
  • Communicate. Even if phone calls aren’t allowed, write letters when you can just to keep your loved one informed of what is happening at home and how much they are missed.
  • Stay busy. Despite the urge to stay in bed all day, get out and have some fun. Being around people and participating in activities will not only make time go by faster but will be a good investment in yourself.
Warnings, Advice, and Suggestions When Surviving Your First Deployment

Don’t panic if time goes by and you don’t get a phone call. Life on deployment in unpredictable and busy at times. Build a network of support. Turn to friends or family when you are feeling alone. Focus on yourself. Become the best version of yourself you can and when your loved one comes home, surprise them with how much you have grown.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (3 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)
Loading ... Loading ...

How To Make Time for Each Other

July 23, 2008 by  
Filed under Relationships

how to make time to spend togetherIn our busy worlds, it can be very hard to actually find time to enjoy each other’s company. If you find you are always passing each other rather than slowing down to speak to one another, it’s time you figured out how to make time for your spouse.

Examine Your Schedule

If you’re constantly on the go, it’s not necessarily healthy for you or your relationship. Relationships need patience and nurturing and many don’t receive the care they need if you never have time to focus on romance. So the first thing in finding time to spend together is to look at what is already on your calendar. Make a daily list of things that you do so that you can see exactly how your life works and what your schedule looks like.

Trim the Fat

Once you’ve got everything on the calendar, start working through your schedule trimming the wasted time and eliminating activities. For example, if you drop your son off at karate, then go pick up your daughter before dropping her off at dance, would you save time by picking up kids up first, dropping them both off, and possibly swinging by to pick up the dry cleaning on the way to or from the activities?

[ad]

Are you going to the grocery store more than once a week? Would a better list help cut down the trips, or would possibly going to a different store with a bigger selection be better? How many side trips do you make every day and do you really need to stay that late at the office? Can you work through lunch and cut out early a day or two a week, or even run errands during lunch to save time at the end of the day?

Expand Your Network

Once you’ve rearranged your own schedule, reach out to friends and family to see if there is any kind of help out there. Perhaps your daughter’s best friend goes to the same dance class. Could the friend’s mother drop the girls off and you pick them up? Or is your spouse willing to handle one child’s events while you take care of another? You might even be lucky enough to have grandparents nearby who would enjoy picking up the kids and having them over for the evening one day a week.

[ad#2]

Schedule a Date

Finally, your new schedule should have some extra time. Immediate fill it up. But this time, you may only schedule two things. The first is time for you – you need time so that you don’t burn out or make yourself sick without adequate rest. The second thing to fill up that time is a date with your spouse. Write him in the calendar in ink. And put his name on your schedule at least once per week. Be sure your spouse has done the same.

Keep the Appointment

The hardest thing about making time for each other is to actually keep the appointment. Spending time together doesn’t have to be a big deal, and you don’t even have to leave the house. Play a board game together or make a special dinner – even if it’s a very late one. Open a bottle of wine and enjoy a romantic movie. Get in a routine of togetherness, and soon you’ll find that you count on that time together for its relaxation and predictability – a bit of calm in an otherwise crazy world.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

How To Get Your Spouse to Change a Bad Habit

July 23, 2008 by  
Filed under Relationships

how to change a spouseIt’s been said many times – you can’t change a person. But for some reason, we keep on thinking we’ll fix someone after we marry him or her. You might not be able to change a whole person, but you might have luck changing a habit or two. Here’s how to get your spouse to change a bad habit.

Surrender

The first step in changing someone else’s habit is to surrender to it. You can’t actually force your spouse to change. Even if you find a way to bribe or blackmail him into changing, he will resent you and eventually that anger will undermine the change and add a negative aspect to the relationship.

You can’t force change, but you can encourage, guide and – best of all – make him think it’s exactly what he wants to do. So surrender the nagging, the complaining, the blackmail and the false guilt. All it will earn you is an irritated spouse determined to continue his bad habit not out of need, but simply because it’s so obvious you’re trying to make him stop.

[ad]

Praise and Rewards

The next step to changing your spouse’s bad habit is to praise his good ones. Find positive things related to tasks that are essentially the opposite of the bad one. Find ways to praise and reward him not doing the bad habit in a way that isn’t threatening or even obvious.

For example, if you husband smokes but you want him to stop, after he showers, throw your arms around him and sniff him appreciatively. Tell him how sexy he smells after a shower and how much it turns you on. You might even fool around a little bit (or a lot.) Make a comment or two about how much you love it when he smells this clean and how much you love kissing him when his mouth is so fresh.

Then leave it alone. You’ve made your point. Unless you have a very dense spouse, he’ll realize that smelling (and tasting) clean is good, but smelling like smoke is bad. If you rewarded him in an exiting way that speaks to men (as is a way that doesn’t require clothing), he’ll most likely try to smell nice as often as possible. Just be sure to maintain the rewards.

[ad#2]

Consistency

The praise and rewards system doesn’t work if you are nagging at the same time or reward good behavior only once. Find every opportunity to reward him for not smelling like smoke, tasting like cigarettes, and casually mention how you’ve noticed he’s cut down lately and how sexy it is that he’s tough to fight that addiction. Sure it’s all a mind game, but what in marriage isn’t? The more consistent reward and praise he gets, the more encouraged he will be to eliminate the bad behavior.

Be Patient

Finally, be patient. Habits aren’t easy to give up. To be truly effective your reward system must be subtle and consistent. Telling him flat out that you will let him have that new boat he’s been eyeballing if he quits isn’t a reward – its bribery. Don’t mention your plan to him or make it obvious what you are doing.

Personal rewards and praise take time to act. They are usually gradual so you must continue to be persistent. Also, don’t give up the reward system when the bad behavior is eliminated. By the time the bad behavior is completely eliminated, you should be almost constantly rewarding your spouse, and if you chose your reward and praise system well, you should be getting more than a few rewards of your own.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

How to File for Divorce

July 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Relationships

how to file for divorceNo matter how well things are going, sometimes things just don’t work out as well as we’d like. If your marriage is crumbling and you’ve done what you can to save it without success, it might just be time to cut your losses and consider divorce. You can work with a lawyer to file for divorce or you can use do it yourself divorce papers to file quickly and with less expense.

Organize Yourself

The first step to filing for divorce is not to trot down to the county courthouse. Instead you need to trot over to the filing cabinet and organize all of your records. You need records of your home ownership, bank accounts, debt and assets. If you’re suspicious, or feel like checking for your own good, dig around to be sure your spouse hasn’t hidden any funds or assets from you that he or she might be sheltering from pending divorce proceedings.

Find the Right Documents

If you work with a lawyer, she’ll arrange documents on your behalf making the process as simple as reviewing standard paperwork and signing on the dotted line. Doing your own divorce paperwork isn’t much more complicated, but you’ll need to double check that you have everything you need and take care of the filing and data entry on your own.

[ad]

Divorce criteria and documents vary by state. California divorce papers and terms are very different from New York divorce papers – especially as California is a community property state and New York is not. (Community property states are those that treat income earned and assets acquired during the marriage as the property of both parties, regardless of who earned more.) You’ll need to be sure you have all of the right forms and follow the rules of your state.

Complete the Paperwork

If you’re divorcing amicably, work with your spouse to set the terms of the divorce and complete paperwork together if possible. Ironing out agreements pleasantly is far less stressful and takes less time than legal battles. Otherwise, fill out the paperwork according to the terms set by the state. A lawyer can be helpful at this point, especially if you have many assets and children.

The more special situations in a relationship, the more likely it will be that you’ll need assistance – child custody and alimony are especially tricky in a do-it-yourself situation. But if you and your spouse are both employed with no children or complicated asset distribution, a do-it-yourself divorce is not much trickier than a break-up.

[ad#2]

File and Document

A divorce, even the simplest one, takes time and money. Filing for divorce costs anywhere from $100 to $350 depending on where you live. The lawyer fees will be much more, but these might be covered by your spouse – especially if you file a fault divorce. The forms and documents might incur additional costs as well.

While you work through the proceedings, be sure you document everything in writing. Take notes of every phone call and get every promise made by your spouse in writing. Keep meticulous records as divorce can turn nasty or just get complicated, and you’ll need evidence to support your claims and statements.

Nobody seeks a divorce when they marry, but sometimes the break-up just seems inevitable. It takes time and will drain you of energy both physically and emotionally, but a finalized divorce might just be the fresh start you need to find a better life.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

How to Tell a Guy You Like Him

July 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Relationships

how to tell a guy you like himWomen like to show a guy they care despite the fact that men hear words louder than action. While it can be hard to move away from cooking meals and buying him a new tie to show you care, try to find a way to tell a guy you like him that will actually let him know your feelings in his own language – English.

Say the Words

Saying “I like you” doesn’t have the same power or pressure as the more popular, “I love you.” If you’re not sure it’s love, but you’re pretty sure it’s like, feel free to blurt it out. If you’re too squeamish to say it in the heat of the moment, sneak it in while the two of you are laughing about something else. “Ha, ha – you are so funny! That must be why I like you so much!”

[ad]

Write the Words

If you find you can’t just say the words, feel free to write them. Bake him a cake the way you secretly want to, but then use a bag of candy or chocolate chips to write it out, “I like you.” Or if that seems to cheesy, write him a little note and slip it in his pocket. Or better yet, text him during the day sometime to keep it light, “You know? I really like you – let’s meet for lunch.” Men like food, and they like to be liked. It’s a win-win all around.

[ad#2]

Give the Gift

You’re dying to do it, so go ahead. Show the man you care. But if you’re going to pamper him, do it in a way that the message is clear. Washing his socks is nice, but it doesn’t shout romance. Buy him something totally unexpected such as chocolate dipped peppers or a new plant for his office. Since there couldn’t possibly be any other reason to send a present like that over, your guy should get the message loud and clear.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)
Loading ... Loading ...

How To Meet Women

July 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Relationships

how to meet a girl When it comes to meeting new people many men are have trouble meeting that perfect woman. There are many different places where you can start your search in order to find the one you are looking for.

Online Dating Sites:
One of the most successful methods in today’s world to meet women is through online dating sites. This enables you to search through local women’s profiles in the comfort of your own home, at your own leisure. Another benefit of this is that you can take the relationship at your own pace, you’re never pressured into anything you don’t want to do.

At first you can simply send emails to various people to get to know them, if you think you found a potential match then you can take it further in the form of instant messaging, phone talk or even meeting up with them in person.

[ad]

As you will know playing the dating game can be very expensive, if you go out and around the bars and night clubs you can easily spend around $60 a night, do this a few times a month and you are spending a small fortune and are not guaranteed to find anyone. This is where the online dating sites come in, for a fee of around $10 a month or even free in some cases, you can have access to thousands of profiles of local singles in your area. One nice feature is that you can put your profile online and single women can view it and get in contact with you if they would like to get to know you more so you don’t have to do all the work.

People are turning to online dating sites due to the convenience, you can surf day or night in the comfort of your own home. Not everyone has sociable hours of work which may restrict your social life if you work nights so dating online may seem like the only practical solution. You don’t have to impress anyone with your dress sense or spend lots of effort on picking the right outfit for the occasion.

Always be careful what type of information you give out to strangers, although you may have been chatting to someone for a while you still don’t really know them and they may be leading you into a false illusion or misleading you. Never give any personal information such as address, telephone number and especially any credit card details.

[ad#2]

It’s recommended that you at least try online dating, you never know you might find the woman of your dreams and hit it off right away. At the very least you will make a fair few good friends.

Local bars and clubs:A popular scene to meet new people is at your local bars, this can be a successful method in order to find potential next girlfriend but can also be very costly in the long run. It can also end up a complete waste of time as you will get talking to many women and trying to get to know them but then find out that you have nothing in common with them. The price also plays a big factor in the dating game as going out a few times a week or month, depending how much free time and active you are can easily cost well over $50 per session.

You have be willing to put the effort into your appearance in order to meet anyone worth meeting again, always take it slow and never rush into anything you may regret after. With the cost put aside the next problem is alcohol, people tend to act differently when alcohol is consumed as it has different effects on different people. It also affects your judgment and makes you choose the type of people that you think or want to get on with but have absolutely nothing in common.

The good thing about meeting new people in the bars and clubs is the fact you will be having a good time with your friends, I personally think if your looking for a long term relationship then this may not be the best method but you can guarantee you will have a good night out with your friends. It’s always best to not consume as much alcohol so you are aware of the people you meet and can make an intelligent decision on what to do next.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

How To Meet a Guy Online

July 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Relationships

how to meet a guy onlineLet’s face it!  Today’s dating world is completely different than it was in the old 1960’s drive-in movie with stale popcorn and your dad’s convertible.  Between working longer and longer hours, after work routines, and family activities, it can be hard to find someone who fits the mold you are looking for.  That is where online dating comes into play and meeting a guy online is the newest and best way to do it.

First, let me tell you that it is time to let go of any stigma you might have about dating online. It’s the 21rst century and it’s time for you to climb aboard and enjoy the ride. Plus, meeting someone online can be much safer for you, if done smartly, than traditional dating.

Here is how you can find a guy online and get your first date. It’s fast, it’s easy and you will be surprised  how effective it is. Start by realizing that you have to go to a dating site to fill out some very basic and non intrusive information about yourself. 

[ad]

After you have established your own profile:

  • Check your profile for any errors. It sounds odd, however, there are many men/women alike who say that a poorly spelled or grammatically incorrect profile is definitely a turn off.  90% of online profiles contain errors, make sure yours does not!
  • You also need to make sure that you have a great photo posted with those pearly whites showing.  Everybody loves a good smile and profiles that do not have a picture are usually ignored.
  • Don’t be shy. The internet is taking away that first awkward introduction.  You can forget about the communication barriers that have held you back before and let people know who you really are.  In other words, BE OPEN and BE HONEST.

After you have your profile:

  • Make sure that you have a great attitude towards those who try to meet you, as well as those you try to meet.  You will have more fun and you’ll meet more people by showing the great attitude that you have. Besides, nobody likes a bore.
  • You also need to make sure that you are ready for this type of fun.  Meeting someone online is definitely an easy way for you to find someone who shares your same likes/dislikes in many areas. Be prepared and open to meet someone.
  • [ad#2]

  • Like they say, "Good things come to those who wait." Don’t expect to find “The one and only” right away.  Get to know people and go on some fun dates. The more experience you have with meeting people online, the more you will understand what works for you.
  • Make yourself a goal to date 100 men. With this goal (which is easy to meet in a year) you avoid setting yourself up for failure and increase the chance of meeting Mr. Right and not just a Mr. Right Now.

Make first contact:

  • When you go to search for men, keep your initial search to your town only (you can always increase it later) Try and introduce yourself to at least 5-10 new men per week. Once you have exhausted options in your town you can increase the radius of your search.
  • After you have found 5-10 men in your area, you can then try to contact them. Send them and e mail, send them an instant message, send them whatever!  The point here, is to make contact.
  • Make a personal email template that you send out to the men you chose.  Honestly, it’s not to hard. Just write up a quick intro email, cut and copy it, then save it to your desktop. This email will help you to save a lot of time when introducing yourself to every guy you might be interested in.
  • As soon as you get a response, you need to be on the ball and respond back. Men love women who show that they are interested.  Don’t respond within the first five minutes (you are not desperate, and if you are, you don’t want them to know that) but respond back within a day or two. Ensure that your reply is at least three paragraphs long!
  • When you do find someone that you share a great interest in, make sure to set up a phone call and then a date. Do not even think about an online relationship until at least three dates.  Plan to set something up and go on that DATE!  Remember to be you and to have fun.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

How To Meet a Girl Online

July 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Relationships

how to meet a girl onlineLet’s face it!  Today’s dating world is completely different than it was in the old 1960’s drive-in movie with stale popcorn and your dad’s convertible.  Between working longer and longer hours, after work routines, and family activities, it can be hard to find someone who fits the mold you are looking for.  That is where online dating comes into play!

First, let me tell you that it is time to let go of any stigma you might have about dating online. It’s the 21rst century and it’s time for you to climb aboard and enjoy the ride. Plus, meeting someone online can be much safer for you, if done smartly, than traditional dating.

Here is how you can find a Girl online and get your first date. It’s fast, it’s easy and you will be surprised  how effective it is. Start by realizing that you have to go to a dating site to fill out some very basic and non intrusive information about yourself. 

[ad]

After you have established your own profile:

  • Check your profile for any errors. It sounds odd, however, there are many men/women alike who say that a poorly spelled or grammatically incorrect profile is definitely a turn off.  90% of online profiles contain errors, make sure yours does not!
  • You also need to make sure that you have a great photo posted with those pearly whites showing.  Everybody loves a good smile and profiles that do not have a picture are usually ignored.
  • Don’t be shy. The internet is taking away that first awkward introduction.  You can forget about the communication barriers that have held you back before and let people know who you really are.  In other words, BE OPEN and BE HONEST.

After you have your profile:

  • Make sure that you have a great attitude towards those who try to meet you, as well as those you try to meet.  You will have more fun and you’ll meet more people by showing the great attitude that you have. Besides, nobody likes a bore.
  • You also need to make sure that you are ready for this type of fun.  Meeting someone online is definitely an easy way for you to find someone who shares your same likes/dislikes in many areas. Be prepared and open to meet someone.
  • Like they say, “Good things come to those who wait.”  Don’t expect to find “The one and only” right away.  Get to know people and go on some fun dates. The more experience you have with meeting people online, the more you will understand what works for you.
  • [ad#2]

  • Make yourself a goal to date 100 men. With this goal (which is easy to meet in a year) you avoid setting yourself up for failure and increase the chance of meeting Mr. Right and not just a Mr. Right Now.

Make first contact:

  • When you go to search for men, keep your initial search to your town only (you can always increase it later) Try and introduce yourself to at least 5-10 new men per week. Once you have exhausted options in your town you can increase the radius of your search.
  • After you have found 5-10 men in your area, you can then try to contact them. Send them and e mail, send them an instant message, send them whatever!  The point here, is to make contact.
  • Make a personal email template that you send out to the men you chose. Honestly, it’s not to hard. Just write up a quick intro email, cut and copy it, then save it to your desktop. This email will help you to save a lot of time when introducing yourself to every Girl you might be interested in.
  • As soon as you get a response, you need to be on the ball and respond back. Men love women who show that they are interested.  Don’t respond within the first five minutes (you are not desperate, and if you are, you don’t want them to know that) but respond back within a day or two. Ensure that your reply is at least three paragraphs long!
  • When you do find someone that you share a great interest in, make sure to set up a phone call and then a date. Do not even think about an online relationship until at least three dates.  Plan to set something up and go on that DATE!  Remember to be you and to have fun.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

How to Reduce Stress

July 15, 2008 by  
Filed under Health & Fitness

how to reduce stressStress is a nasty burden that can come into your life uninvited and wreak havoc. Stress has been tied to any number of conditions including hypertension and obesity from stress related eating. If you’re dealing with stress and would like to reduce it, here’s how.

Find Stressors

The first step to reduce stress is to find the items that are actually causing the problem. What makes you stress – your in-laws? A dirty house? Bills? Only when you understand what is causing the problem can you work on resolving it. Spend time charting your stress. Every time you feel tension and stress, make a note on a running list as to what caused it. Even when you begin dealing with stressors, keep track as this will help you reduce stress in the future as well.

[ad]

Resolve Issues

If you have unresolved issues causing you stress such as credit card debt, broken relationships or a list of things you need to do that you can’t seem to start, take a day off work and make a list of things to actually accomplish. Call your banker to get started on a debt consolidation loan or set up payments so that you can pay off the debt on your own.

Make some phone calls to help mend broken fences or have a picture burning ceremony to finalize a break-up. Pull out that list of things to do and make a goal to accomplish at least three of them. Then, once you get rolling, you’ll likely feel so good, you’ll just keep going until your life is back in shape again.

[ad#2]

Organize and Simplify

One of the best ways to reduce stress is to eliminate chaos. Organize and simplify your life. If you hate climbing out of bed to turn off the lights, a simple device such as the Clapper Plus can eliminate that annoyance. Desk organizers can help you find stamps, batteries and rubber bands when you need them. A coat and key rack can eliminate the five minutes of stress every morning while you search for your keys.

Beat Stress the Natural Way

Finally, when you have your life back under control and you’ve simplified your surroundings, you can work to actively reduce the remaining stress. You may find that just cleaning out cabinets is enough to help you relax again, but you should set up a regular fitness and nutrition program.

Exercise, even walking, has been shown time and time again to help reduce stress. Take your pet or child on a walk in the evenings to get some fresh air, exercise and time together. All three of those things will help to eliminate crippling stress.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

Next Page »