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It's hard to slow down these days.  There's always something to do, and ten more after that.  If you feel like your day ends before it begins, you're not alone.  But this isn't healthy.  Stress increases your chances of heart attacks and creates other health risks.  But what do you do?  The first step is to slow down.  Once you do that, you can improve your outlook on life.  After that, you might find some of the things that are keeping you so busy aren't as important as you think.

Here are some tips to get started.  These ten ideas can help slow you down.  Once you do that, you may find that you will improve your outlook on life.

Focus On Family

Your immediate and extended family are important. They will be there for you.  And, also, they need you to be there for them.  Have you played with your kids lately?  When was the last time you saw your nieces or nephews?  Even picking up the phone and checking in on a family member you haven't talked to is important.  Family comes first.  Make an effort to let your loved ones know that they are just that.  Those connections are important and can ground you to a happier place.


Take a walk.  Or, if you're up for it, a jog.  Maybe a bike ride.  Whatever you do isn't as important as getting out there and doing something.  Your heart needs to work.  The chemical release you'll get after you finish a workout can help you feel better.  If you haven't exercised in a while, start small.  But the important word there is to start.  You'll feel better.

Enjoy Nature

The world around us is a beautiful place.  Many times we miss that.  We get in the car and go where we need to do.  We rush around. When all that is done, we never take a chance to look around and enjoy the world around us. Get out there and do just that!  Find a beach.  Go to a park.  Enjoy a sunrise or sunset.  When we take time to enjoy nature, we realize what a big place the world is.  That perspective is cool.

Turn Off Technology

Phones and tablets and satellite radio keeps us connected.  That's a good thing, but it's also overwhelming.  Many people stay so focused on all of the information those things deliver that they miss out on what's right in front of us!  I'm often guilty of this. If you put down the technology for a while, you'll pay attention to people and things right in front of you.  You'll find that the information you think you need can wait.

Save Money

One thing that keeps us going is money.  We try to earn it so that we can spend it.  This cycle keeps us busy, that much is for sure!  But it often takes over our lives.  One thing you can do to counter that is to save money.  When you have savings, you won't need to worry as much about how you'll pay for things.  The comfort of knowing that money is where you need it can free your mind and your time for other things.  Start saving money today and it'll pay off tomorrow.

Read A Book

The world around us can stress us out and overwhelm us.  One way to get away from that is to enjoy the other worlds out there. And there are so many!  Getting lost in a good book can take you away from your worries.  Once you put the book down, you'll often find that the things you are worried about aren't as bad as you think.  Opening your imagination will stimulate your brain.

Catch Up With An Old Friend

How many people do you think of that you no longer talk to?  Why? Because we don't have enough time?  That's the common excuse.  Well, guess what?  You'll never get more time than you have today!  So, stop using that excuse and call an old friend.  Catch up.  Reminisce.  Laugh.  It'll make you feel better.  If you want to improve your outlook on life, this is an easy one!

Try Something New

Taking on a new challenge is a big opportunity for many.  We often get stressed because we've built walls around our lives.  These walls keep us doing the same things and getting stuck in the same patterns.  Breaking free of that is important.  There's no better way to do that than by taking on a new challenge.  Try something you haven't done before.  Start a blog.  Learn a new language.  Take a class.  You'll open up parts of your brain that are waiting to be used.  This can give you excitement and stimulation and improve your outlook overall.


I'm definitely guilty of saying that there isn't time to go to church.  That's one thing that's different from previous generations.  In the old days, going to church was something you did, and if you ran out of time, something else got pushed aside.  Somehow we've reversed that.  If you, like me, are guilty of this, put some time to worship on your calendar, and stick to it!  Attend a service.  Being reminded that there are higher powers that have put us here for a reason can help put things in a vastly different perspective.

Cross Something Off A To-Do List

Everybody's got a list of things they need to get done.  How many of those things have been on your list for a long time?  You may not realize it, but those things weigh your mind down.  They're always there.  Nagging.  Waiting.  Making you worry and causing you stress.  So, find something that you have wanted to do, and do it!  Find the time.  Get it done.  Cross it off.  Then, enjoy the reduced stress you now have from accomplishing a goal.

These are just some of my ideas on how to reduce stress and improve your outlook on life.  We only get one chance at this.  Many people always look toward tomorrow as a chance to get started.  But, we only get so many tomorrow's.  They aren't endless.  Make today and tomorrow and each day after that count.  Every day we put off doing things to improve ourselves is a day we'll never get back.    Time itself is limitless, but our time is not.  Get started.  Improve your outlook on life and guess what happens next? You'll lead a better and happier and maybe even longer life!