The five biggest triggers for stress may surprise you. You can lower your stress levels and live a longer happier life. It’s much easier than you think, but you may be startled by what’s causing your stress. These are the top 5 causes of stress in your day:
1 – Commute to Work
Surprisingly, it’s not your job that’s causing you stress, as much as the commute to work. Studies show that nothing adds more to the stress of your day than the drive to work. People who work from home or live close enough to bike or walk to work, are much happier and have 50% less stress. It’s worth moving closer to work, if it might save your life.
2 – Owning a Car
People don’t want to hear this one, because we love our cars. But that baby purring in your garage is causing 20% of your life’s stress. Car maintenance, gas, repairs, the frustrating drive, insurance payments and the car payment itself, all add up to stress. Get rid of the car and save money, worry, and stress lines. Walk, bike, or take public transportation. This isn’t easy in the U.S. – we don’t have public transportation, but do the best you can (or move to a city with public services).
3 – Lack of Exercise
Sitting all day at a desk, working hard at a PC, it’s bad for you. Do stretching and other exercises for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Ideally an hour of exercise during the day and 30 minutes at the end of your work day will get rid of some stress. If you don’t wish to run, swim, or do any real exercising, at least stand up and stretch your muscles, do some yoga, or take a short walk.
4 – Poor Diet
Eating fries and a greasy burger just add to your problem. You need to eat at least 2 fruits and vegetables every day. A banana can lower your blood pressure quickly. Supplement every dinner with some fresh vegetables and at least 1 fruit with dessert. There’s nothing wrong with coffee, but stop after 1 doughnut. Have some mango slices with your second cup.
5 – Crushing Debt
Take a lifestyle diet and remove some unwanted fat – debt. Do you really need 2 cars and 2 car payments. Can you sell your luxury sedan and get a cheaper model? Move to lower your rent or mortgage. Trim the fat, get rid of unnecessary expenses. Start saving. Nothing eases your mind like a healthy savings account.
Lack of sun is a trigger, too. That’s why depression and stress are higher in the winter months. Unless you can move to the tropics, you’ll have to deal with it. Try to enjoy what little sunlight there is in December by taking a walk at lunch.
Of course there are always unexpected stress triggers, such as unemployment, a medical emergency, or a wedding, but these are temporary headaches. The 5 stress triggers above will affect your daily life every day and can be helped or removed.
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