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Four Ways To Reduce Stress Now!
By Kathy Gates, Professional Life Coach

Finish What You Start.

Do complete work. Get it over with. Whatever you call it, it all means the same thing. A huge cause of stress in your life is unfinished things that come back to haunt you from putting away the laundry as soon as it's dry, a home-improvement project that you stated and didn't finish. Other examples are a gift you feel guilty about not sending, a conversation you need to have with someone, returning something your borrowed, settling old debts, gym memberships not used. Start a new habit of finishing (one way or another) anything you start. Finishing things can come in 2 ways: 1. actually taking physical action to finish it; such as returning a borrowed item; or 2. declaring an end to it, and going on to something else (such as calling an end to a low-carb diet instead of just feeling guilty every time you eat a carrot).

Don't Continue A Mistake.

Another cause of stress is living with something you know is an error in judgment. Did you get locked into a mortgage that's too high and it straps your budget each month? Do you have marriage problems that need counseling? Be willing to be honest with yourself and with other people. Do you have a goal that just no longer excites you, but you're afraid to admit it to other people? Be honest. Be authentic. Otherwise you'll spend all your time and energy and trying to manage conversations so that people don't ask you certain questions, or talk about certain things. Admit the mistake, make restitution if necessary, forgive yourself, and move to the freer side of life. It's freeing. It's purifying.

Always Have More Than You Need.

No, I'm not talking just about money, but that is one reserve that research has shown to help reduce stress. But having more than you need in time, in energy, in space, in opportunities, in love, in support, also makes a huge difference in your stress level. If you live in clutter and confusion of space and time on a daily basis, you'll feel frustrated, no doubt about it. Start by simplifying your time, your routine, your stuff, and you'll naturally begin to find "more than you need". Then build on that one thing at a time.

Make Room for Happiness.

Be willing to let go of roles, attitudes, and yes, even some people. Hanging on to the things in your life that are just taking ups space and not contributing to your life, is just squeezing out all the good that you really want -- there's just no room. In order to have happiness, less stress, and FUN in your life, you have to first make room for it.

Kathy Gates, Professional Life Coach, believes that "Life Can Be Easy". She can help you create goals, overcome procrastination, organize your time and money, find your true passion, and learn to love the real you. Kathy is author of the Ebook, "7 Secrets to a Great Life", has an Ezine, and several Coaching Programs available. Visit www.reallifecoach.com, or call 480.998.5843 TODAY!

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