27 Quick Stress Busters for Optimal Living

  1. Walk 30 min. a day
  2. Practice breathing 5 min. a day
  3. Reduce caffeine use
  4. Make a to-do list for your upcoming week on Sundays
  5. Set your bills up to auto-pay online
  6. Plan out your vacation early, and make a budget
  7. Plan a “money talk” with your partner once a month
  8. Lower your sugar intake a bit, such as sodas, candy, ice cream, and baked goods
  9. Plan your errands in an hour or two-hour chunk early on Saturday, so you can free yourself up for the rest of the weekend.
  10. Chunk out time twice a day to return e-mails, say at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
  11. Ge to know a great online scheduler, like Google Calendar, or for Mac fans, Mobile Me.
  12. Brainstorm what you can successfully multitask without adding to your stress levels.
  13. Make time for your wife and girlfriend constantly, whether for intimacy, talking or activities.
  14. Plan a date night; switch off planning it
  15. Use Mint.com for budgeting and money management.
  16. Auto-debit your retirement investments, so you don’t have to beat yourself up for not investing.
  17. Find a good app for food shopping, if you do the shopping. I like the simple Teax Deux for easy, easy to-do lists, and grocery lists work great – the iPhone app synchs with the online version.
  18. Lower your alcohol consumption.
  19. Exercise for deeper sleep, which lowers stress.
  20. Try yoga. Sign up for a free month with many studios. near you.
  21. Listen to free stress management cd’s from your local library.
  22. Practice mindfulness meditation to lower stress.
  23. Get massages regularly. Yes, plenty of guys do, including me, without shame.
  24. Come up with ways to disconnect from work when you’re not at work, like hobbies, interests, friends.
  25. Plan your estate documents and get a good estate planning attorney.
  26. Talk about what’s stressing you with someone close, like your partner, a parent or close friend.
  27. Simply admit you’re stressed. A lot of guys simply can’t come to this awareness, so admit it and take action from there.


About Jason

As "The Man That Men Will Talk To," Jason Fierstein, MA, LPC is a private practice counselor and psychotherapist for men and couples in the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area. He works with struggling men to find happiness in their lives, and with their wives.
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