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Small Lifestyle Changes Add Up To Big Change

Day 29 of our 30 Day Stress Reduction and Relaxation Challenge

As you’re working your way through this series or challenge about reducing stress and relaxing more, a lot of the tweaks and changes we’re suggesting may seem fairly small. Today we’re putting things into perspective and will show you how all this small stuff starts to add up to some big change.

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As we approach the last few days of our 30 day challenge about reducing stress and relaxing more, we have one last important concept to share with you today. Much of what we talked about throughout this challenge, and particular the quick stress busting tips, seem small. When you’re feeling very stressed out and aren’t in love with how your life is shaping up to be right now, they seem like a tiny drop in the bucket. You may be tempted to embrace some radical change.

While selling your house, quitting your job, and moving across the country is certainly an option, it isn’t your only one. All the small changes and tweaks we’ve talked about throughout this blog post series add up to a big change in your lifestyle. Taking them by themselves they are small and their impact is just as small. But repeated over 30, 50, and 100 times, they add up quickly to bring about some real change.

The key is to implement them one at a time and have a little bit of patience. You’ll get a little bit of stress relief every time you put something to work and make a small change. Even if it’s only getting an extra 20 minutes of sleep per night or starting to doodle when you feel stressed. It will start to make you feel a little bit better. The next small change will move you another step in the right direction. Before you know it, you’ve made great strides towards a more relaxed and fulfilling life.

The first part is always the toughest. Yes, it would be nice to have an easy button that makes all your stress and worries go away. It doesn’t exist. Instead, you have the capability in you to change your life for the better, one little or big step at a time. In the end, that’s much more valuable than a quick fix. You’ll feel accomplished with what you’ve done. You’ve earned the fun and relaxing lifestyle you’ve created for yourself and your family. We can tell you from experience that’s a thrilling feeling and it makes the journey that much sweeter.

Go out there and start making some small lifestyle changes. Go back to that list of things you made that stress you out and keep working through them. As time goes by you’ll start to see more and more opportunities for little tweaks and changes that will improve your quality of life. You just have to look for them and then implement them.

Do this, and it won’t take long to make some big changes in your life. It also helps to remember that you’re not only changing your own life and how you’re feeling, but also the lives of your loved ones. A more relaxed and less stressed partner, parent, and friend is a lot more fun to be around than someone who is under constant pressure.

Day 28’s Stress-busting Mantra is “Believing in yourself is the first secret to success”

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Day 28

As always, please stop by the Facebook group to chat. We hope it continues to grow as a place of all of us to talk about being intentional about reducing stress and relaxing more, exchange ideas, and support each other.

In case you missed one of our posts, here is what we’ve shared so far:

Day 1 – The Dangers of Stress

Day 2 – The Importance Of Rest And Relaxation

Day 3 – Quick Stress Buster: Take A Nap

Day 4 – How To Know That You’re Too Stressed

Day 5 – Quick Stress Buster: Take a Breath

Day 6 – Taking Time to Relax Actually Helps You Get More Done

Day 7 – Quick Stress Buster: Go For A Walk

Day 8 – Yourself Before You Can Take Care Of Everyone Else

Day 9 – Quick Stress Buster: Try Meditation

Day 10 – Work Hard and Play Hard

Day 11 – Quick Stress Buster: Plant Something

Day 12 – The Value of Doing Nothing At All

Day 13 – Quick Stress Buster: Start Journaling

Day 14 – Your Stuff May Be Stressing You Out

Day 15 – Quick Stress Buster: Lose Yourself in a Book or Movie

Day 16 – Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Day 17 – Quick Stress Buster: Laugh Out Loud

Day 18 – Active Relaxation vs. Passive Relaxation and Why You Need Both

Day 19 – Quick Stress Buster: Phone a Friend

Day 20 – Listen To Your Body – It Tells You When to Slow Down

Day 21 – Quick Stress Buster: Brew a Cup of Tea

Day 22 – Time To Find and Cut Out Stressors

Day 23 – Quick Stress Buster: Hit the Gym

Day 24 – Carve Out Time for Quiet Contemplation

Day 25 – Quick Stress Buster: Do Something Indulgent Just For You

Day 26 – The Importance of Hobbies And Creative Pursuits

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