At least half the battle in alleviating stress is simply becoming more aware of how you react to situations.
Let go of low level decisions.
It's hard to feel stressed when you're looking good.
You feel less stress if you allow yourself to be who you really are.
Take a break by helping someone else with their problems
To win the war on stress requires you only need small consistent steps.
Make your boss look good--he or she will appreciate it.
One good laugh can change your whole temperament.
If a choice is of little consequence, let someone else choose.
If you give them enough time, people will usually apologize for blowing up at you undeservedly.
For most people, most of the time, most of the stress they encounter is self-induced.
Narrow your priorities and focus on what's important – the clock of your life is ticking.
Never make a promise you can't keep.
If someone tells you to "take it easy,” heed the advice.
Give yourself quiet time throughout the day.
Sing in your car – it’s the world’s best stress reducer when barreling down the highway.
Allow yourself five minutes to worry about something, and then put it in the back of your mind.
Look for the best in others.
Screen your calls; you don’t have time to be available to everybody.
You always have the option of not answering the door.
Find ways to make yourself indispensable on the job.
Combat perfectionism because you are not perfect and nobody else is either.
It could always be worse; try to find the good points in everything.
Treat your children as full-fledged human beings.
Be true to yourself; don't jump off a cliff simply because the lemmings are doing it.
Build your life on a solid base, then don’t worry about the foundation.
Strive for objectivity.
Accept input and advice from trusted others.
Be conscious of what you say to yourself.
Compete with yourself, not others.
Challenge yourself to perform better than you have in the past.
Never mind the symptoms – get to the root causes of challenging issues you face.
Avoid participating in the rumor mill.
Your instinct will often guide you – don't be afraid to listen to it.
Don't let juggling tasks become procrastination.
Take long, deep breaths whenever you choose to.
To feel more content be less concerned with what others think about you.
Move with a purpose.
Revenge is almost always counterproductive.
Delegate, delegate, delegate.
Open your mail over the wastebasket.
Laughter can lower your blood pressure.
When you're under stress, taking a sip of water can immediately make you feel better.
For more energy each day, go to sleep each night when you're tired – not when the clock happens to say a particular time.
You can't possibly take advantage of all the promotions and bonus offers you receive in the mail – so don't worry about them.
Jumping into water changes your outlook.
Take responsibility for your mistakes rather than trying to assign blame.
The key to organization that works every time is grouping similar items together.
The hardest task is doing something different from the way you’ve always done it.
Let negative comments fall away like water off a duck's back.
When you have trouble finding your way, step back and look at the big picture.
Look for the good in others and they'll see the good in you.
Treat new employees with the same respect you show your CEO.
Let go of the excess and clutter in your life.
Avoid making decisions in anger.
Build enough slack into your schedule to deal with routine upsets.
Over-focusing on yourself leads to eye strain.
Step back from problems and develop perspective – will you even remember what's bothering you a month from now?
All else being equal, the better shape you're in, the less stressed you'll experience.
Learn from your mistakes or prepare to repeat them.
There is nothing so stressful as attempting to be someone you are not.
Be on the lookout for distraction-free sanctuaries, wherever they are.
Challenge yourself to make small improvements in your daily life, and big improvements will follow.
The best results often show up a day or two after you thought they would.
Regard each stressful experience as an opportunity to learn.
You cannot change the past but you can always learn from it.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
There's always more to learn, so enjoy the process.
The natural state of human beings is alertness, health, mental clarity, and at least a touch of happiness.
Boil it down – get to the essence of things.
Acknowledge the accomplishments of others; everyone seeks acknowledgment.
Despite it all, maintain your ethical standards.
Give your complete and undivided attention to one task at a time.
Have fun with new ways of doing things – don't let your habits become ingrained.
Practice the art of doing one thing at a time.
Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com