What to do if you're feeling stressed

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By following the three simple steps below, you will be able to smash your stress to a more manageable level within minutes.

1. Make a list – What’s on your mind? Write it down fast. If you have to pause and consider it, then it’s not urgent so keep going.

Stop with five items. Why? Because any more than that will shove you right back into a state of being overwhelmed and over-stressed.

2. Take an action – Now that you see your top five stressors in black and white, pick one – only one – to work with first.

a) make a Quick List of the tasks you need to do in order to file your return, so you can see exactly what you need to take care of. Breaking it down into manageable chunks makes it more do-able, and

b) do the first item on your Quick List.

Only put as much detail in your Quick List as you need to be clear what your task is. Check off each item as you complete it. Break down each large project into small segments that you can tackle more easily.

3. Deep breathing – Calm your anxiety and empower yourself by taking frequent breaks throughout the day to stretch out the tension in the back of your neck. Then take a few slow, deep breaths – inhale to the count of five, hold it for the count of five, and then slowly exhale.

Take a few moments now to breathe deeply. As you inhale, think the words: “I am…” Then as you exhale, think the word “relaxed.”

This mini-meditation will rapidly reduce your stress level and make you feel more capable of handling the situations you encounter each day, but you have to actually do it. Just reading about it won’t do the trick. Go ahead and try it now, remembering to breathe in and out deeply and slowly, while you think: “I am…. relaxed.”

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