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How to Hang On to the Good Stuff

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us face distractions, frustrations, setbacks and uncertainties every day, but there are steps to take to create a better happiness base for our family and our home.

Think about what counts the most and then choose some tools to lower your stress levels to improve your health and make your daily routines more effective.  One of the most important issues may be eliminating some of the stress in your day.

Harvard Health provides some suggestions to help roll back the stress.

Spot your most effective routines - Focus on your daily activities and concentrate on the work that you enjoy the most. When you are fully involved, time flies and everything looks better. That attitude can spill over to everything else that you do motivating everyone around you.

Figure out where your strengths lie - It's easier to roll back stress when you are acting from strength. Are you good at details, better with an overview, or good with people?  Start using those skills to solve the immediate problems around you to ease your family's worries, boredom or frustrations and to propel your projects.

Start counting your blessings - It's easy to focus on irritations, but there are a lot of things to be happy about. Your family, friends, job and home are all counting on you. This may be the time to focus on individuals, helping kids to learn new sports skills, or helping your spouse get a better grip on house projects. Explore the things you and your family love. Music, art, film, books, sports, and cooking may be a focus at your house.

Work on stress deleters -  Mindfulness meditations can be a powerful way to  relieve worry, sadness and depression. Set aside morning and evening times for meditation to see life as it is right now. Find a quiet spot to sit and let your thoughts roll by unchecked, unjudged. Later you may be able to think more clearly and make better decisions.

Do a few breakout things - Surprise someone with a special call or gift. Cook or bake something new. Plan some suppers outside and spend the evening just sitting and talking. Listen carefully to those around you and learn what else you can do to help them.

Reach out to others - Send cards or make calls to stay in touch with old friends and relatives who are far away. Get your kids involved to create pictures and cards to send, or messages to share.

The more stress you erase, the better things will be. If all of your efforts do not quite do it, consider asking your doctor for a reference to see a therapist to work through the issues.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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