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By Charlie DeWitts
Let me guess, you probably want to live for a really long time. Not only that, but you want it to be enjoyable too. As in, you know … Not in a coma, or something. Unfortunately, there are a lot of websites out there that will try and sell you some miracle drug or homeopathic remedy that is complete garbage. Instead, we’ll provide you with something simple. A little advice.
You see, living a stress-free life isn’t easy. Actually, in some ways stress is good. Stress can motivate you to do work, or get food. Having to take care of yourself is a form of good stress. However, there are a lot of stressors in life that we could easily avoid. Frankly, most of us make life way harder than it needs to be. So, grab yourself a drink. Set back, and relax. Get ready to learn how to extend your life by doing nothing!
#1) Give Yourself Some Much Needed You Time
First of all, you need to give yourself some time. Everyone has a busy schedule in their own heads, so don’t sell yourself short. You are allowed to take a break every now and then. On a small scale, you want to take a half-hour or so a day and try not to really do anything. Let yourself lay back and just think. Let your creative mind wander! Giving your brain some downtime to not think about any of your problems is almost as rewarding as sleep.
Speaking of sleep, get more of it! If you’re not getting six to eight hours of sleep each night, your brain is suffering. Sleeping essentially lets your brain detox (Or “clean up”) itself. That’s when it does all the memory organization crap and tries to make sense of your day. If it doesn’t do a good enough cleaning job, your prefrontal cortex will suffer.
On a long scale, consider a small vacation for yourself. Nothing much, as vacations can become incredibly stressful. But a day at a museum, a road trip or just a weekend stay somewhere else can do a body good.
#2) Don’t Be A Worrywart
Look, we all worry about our looks. Are you on a diet? Well, if you want to live a more relaxed, stress free life, you need to let your body eat. Rather, you don’t need to worry about every little thing. If your diet is one of those that say “watch your carbs” or “Such and such chemicals are bad,” stop listening to them. The most important thing about dieting is caloric intake anyway, so you’re only making things harder on yourself.
The trick to life is moderation, and it’s what will make you live longer in the end. Who do you think enjoys life more: The average guy who eats some McDonalds within his limits or the guy who forces himself to eat different dinner programs that random strangers swear work? The same applies for working out. Unless you’re trying to be the next Arnold, there’s no reason to break your body past it’s limits. If you’re already decently fit, maintaining is all you need.
#3) Just Be More Positive in General
The most important to maintaining stress-free living is having a good mindset. We all have problems, so try not to focus on them as much. Sure, some problems have more importance than others, but have you ever been around someone that consistently complained about their life’s issues? I bet you wouldn’t say they’re very happy in their day-to-day experiences. People who focus only on their problems tend to also stay in that emotional state.
So, if you find yourself thinking about misery has wrapped her icy hand around your day, think about the good stuff! Write down a few good things that happened to you, no matter how trite they may seem. The more you do this, the more it will come naturally to look for the silver lining, as they say.
And lastly, remember to laugh. If your angry or sad when you’re by yourself, try and listen to some of your favorite up-lifting songs. Alternatively, just look up a video of a skateboarder crashing into a pole. That’s sure to brighten anyone’s day, and as they always say: “two nut cracks a day keeps the doctor away!”
Be sure to share your stress-relieving techniques! Why, I was reading one where you open your mouth as wide as possible and breathe through your nose for half a minute. Try it! It feels weird …