It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking, “If I only had ____ (fill in the blank), my life would be so much better, things would be so much easier, and I would be so much happier.”

Constantly focusing on what’s missing, not only causes you to miss out on the opportunities that you do have, it increases your level of stress and sets the stage for a downward spiral.

We’re often taught to manage our stress when what we really want to do is eliminate it.

Check out these 5 quick tips to eliminate the stress that is brewing in your life.

1. Help yourself by helping others

Studies have shown that doing something for others can reduce stress and increase happiness. But beware, make sure your actions are in line with something that you find enjoyable; otherwise, it’ll be more of a burden than a help.

2. Act like a punching bag and bounce back

As long as we’re living, challenges will come. But one word stands between us dealing with our challenges or falling apart in the midst of them – Resilience. The key is to change the way we think about our challenges in order to change the way that we deal with them.

If you view your challenge as a failure, you will approach with it with a sense of defeat. If you view it as an opportunity for growth, you will plan a strategy to navigate it.

3. Journaling

Writing is a great outlet for letting go of those things that bother us. The act of writing is cathartic and releases the intensity of painful emotions. It also help us to step back and get a good bird’s eye view of what’s really going on, so we can see what’s really holding us back.

4. Just Dance!

Dancing is one of the top mood boosting activities. When you dance for long periods of time your body releases endorphins, which cause a natural high. Additionally, dancing with others helps you to connect socially, and strong social connections decrease the occurrence of stress and depression.

So get out there and shake your groove thang!

5. Eliminate negative self-talk.

If you look at things through negative colored glasses, guess what? Your experience will more than likely be a negative one. When you’re in a positive state of mind, you have a better handle on stressful events. Not only that, a positive mood gives you a positive boost.

Stay positive!

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