5 Tiny, Mindful Actions That Will Make You Less Stressed

March 7, 2015 2:28 PM

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You pride yourself on getting things done. But before you move on to the next item on your checklist, pause for a moment and celebrate your productivity and your successes. Today, pat yourself on the back for what you have already done -- not just what lies ahead. Lingering in a moment of contentment of a job well done is a critical part of reducing the negative effects of stress. It retrains your focus on the good stuff, not just the must-dos. Once you've made progress on a task, and most importantly when you're done, stop to admire your work. Share your success with a friend. Treat yourself to a meal at your favorite restaurant. Buy yourself flowers. See if it doesn't give you a much-needed boost that fuels your next endeavor.

Stress isn't just about what happens to you, but how you respond. And because your thoughts are usually on autopilot, your response can get ahead of you. If you don't hear back about a job, for example, you might think, "I knew this was too good to be true," "They probably found someone much more qu...

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