"Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it."
We can't always change our reality, and ignoring problems isn't usually the best way to deal with them, but we can embrace reality and soften it at the same time with a bit of humor and a few extra stress relievers. Here are some tips on how to do that effectively. What's your favorite strategy for dealing with a stressful reality?
How To Maintain A Sense of Humor
"Cheer up, the worst is yet to come. Simply put, quit worrying over the little stuff and wait for something really big."
It's good to maintain perspective when you're worried about the "what ifs" of life. I'm a fan of back-up plans and being prepared, but if you've done everything you can, it's best to focus on relaxing your "worry muscles" a bit. This should help:
Study: Good News For Worriers
"Money can't buy happiness; it IS happiness."
Well...not really, but the quote made me laugh, and should be included as a funny stress quote for sure. Actually, the things that we think will make us happy are often totally different from the things that ACTUALLY make us happy. What truly makes you happy?
-Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock
Win The Lottery Of Happiness
"I've tried yoga, but I find stress less boring."
While yoga does bring some wonderful stress relief benefits, stress management is not a one-size-fits-all activity. If you find yourself getting bored with some of the more "quiet" forms of stress relief, here are some "non-boring" ideas to spice things up and help you feel more relaxed in the end. What works best for you?
Non-Boring Stress Relief
"I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life."
This is one of my favorite funny stress quotes, and I think of it often. While you don't necessarily need grassy knees to show that you're enjoying life, the visual is a great reminder that we need to be doing things we enjoy (among the things we simply must do as responsible adults), and if we savor each moment, stress will have less of a hold on us. You can keep your knees clean, but what will you do to enjoy yourself today?
~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes
Learn To Savor The Moment: Here's How!
"When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?" "
I sympathize--life is challenging. But sometimes our expectations lead to stress--when we expect something to be better than it is, we stress more. If we focus on what we can be grateful for in each situation, we can see the positive more easily, and feel less stressed. What can we appreciate today?
Learn The Benefits of Gratitude for Stress Relief
"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
Sometimes our guilty pleasures--when enjoyed in moderation--can be great stress relievers! I love that chocolate has some pretty good benefits besides merely being delicious and softening stress when consumed in moderation. What are your 'guilty pleasure' stress relievers?
-Charles M. Shultz
Is Dark Chocolate An Effective Stress Reliever?
"In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk."
We laugh about Hollywood marriages being short-lived, but the truth is that a high proportion of non-Hollywood marriages end in divorce for one reason or another. Because healthy relationships and happy marriages can be good for keeping stress levels low, these tips on maintaining a happy marriage may save you significant stress in the future. What are your best tips?
Maintaining A Happy Marriage
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