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How To Cope With The Stress Of Moving To A New Home


How To Cope With The Stress Of

Moving To A New Home

Let’s face it; moving always has been and always will be a rather stress provoking event. Yet, it can also mark the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in your life. Nonetheless, there are many details to look after and tons of organizational matters that need attention so that you can easily cope with the stress of moving to a new home.

There are many ways that you can make moving a much less stressful event. Most experts will agree that planning is essential. Even if you have the most efficient moving company in the world assisting you, the better you plan, the more seamless your change into your new home will be.

Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way:

Reduce Your Mental Stress About Moving

Starting with the right mental attitude is crucial to managing stress around the process of moving into your new home. This is the time to beef up your positive self-talk program with words like “I get so much out of clearing away all unnecessary items because this way, I can move into my new home with the true essentials of what I actually utilize”.

Speaking to your inner self with positive words does enormous good in terms of boosting your vitality, enthusiasm and coping strategies.

Organize Your Moving Strategy

I’m currently in the process of moving into a new home myself, and one thing I find greatly helpful is the old fashioned pen and paper. By writing things out, you get a much more clear idea of what you have and how you want to organize. This is a good time to go through all of your warranties and appliances that you might have had for years.

Be sure to include all of your “to-do” lists so that you have a checklist of everything in that one notebook binder. This is handy and convenient for keeping track of everything that is necessary for your move. Then once you have gone through everything, you can place your final draft of precisely what will and will not go with you, onto your hard drive of your pc or mac.

De Clutter To Reduce Moving Stress

Stress and moving to a new home imageWhile going through all of your warranties and appliances, you might find yourself with versions of products which are a bit outdated. I know I sure did! It’s great when you purchase something that has stood the test of time and even without being under warranty, still works like a charm, but will it work for you in your new home?

When de cluttering, remember that you can also utilize this moment to update whichever new versions are available on the market. By planning your move with ample time, you can shop around to update and renew certain items so that with your fresh start in your new home, you have the most energy efficient items.
I found a lot of helpful information on energy efficient items which weren’t even on the market the last time I moved, when I checked this link: Energy Star Qualified Products.

These are just a few tips that I found helpful for reducing stress concerning moving into a new home. When looking at this big change as an opportunity to clear out the clutter, modernize your appliances and obtain a new and concise inventory of what you essential use, your perspective on your moving process can take on a whole new vision.

I hope you’ve found this helpful and I’m interested to know what difficulties you’ve encountered when moving. Please share your ideas in the comments section, thanks!

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Personal Development Plan: Your Best Season Ever!


Making a Personal Development Plan

Personal Development Plan ImageHow does a personal development plan help you with stress management?

A personal development plan is a structured approach so that you can improve yourself. It is a tool to view what you can do to develop any aspect of yourself.

In the case of stress management, an effective personal development plan gives you the potential and the power to manage stress more successfully, which results in a higher quality of life for you.
I was determined to make such personal development plan so that I could learn how to manage my own stress more effectively, as well. I discovered that if you don’t learn how to manage stress successfully, then stress will manage you! I read up on things like How To Understand Stress Symptoms and found that even in my childhood, I had always been dealing with stress….although not always in the most effective manner.

I’ve seen what it’s like when stress from work, family and personal relationships get the best of me, so I knew I had to figure out a concrete way to manage stress before stress defeated me. If you can relate to what I’m talking about, then read on, because there is definitely a better way of life!

Personal Development Plan: The Initial Stages

Before coming up with the actual plan, I had to make up a list of the possible things that stressed me most. You might find this helpful because many times, we don’t tend to give these types of things much thought, given the fact that we consider them stressful. But just remember that putting it on paper gets it out of your system. Any stressful situation you put on paper does not, I repeat, does not have any power to hurt you.

This is actually the beginning of the healing process within your personal development plan.

I began with an incredibly long list, then decided to shorten it so that I could gain more clarity. At the end, I came up with the major categories, like work related stress, health stress, stress due to aging and financial stress. As I began to polish my list, I slowly began to realize that some of the “stressors” were very trivial and that things like lowering my cholesterol or getting along with colleagues, were things I could do a lot to change.

I finished my first list and read over again until everything made sense.
I made a copy of my first list and placed it on my refrigerator door where most of my lists were and another copy, which I saved on my hard drive. I would read it every day and add anything that I might have left out.

Pretty soon my list was complete and it was time to make my final draft.

Personal Development Plan: The Final Stages

When I was convinced that my list was complete, I made a final copy. While I typed away, I made special mention of specific things I could do to reduce stress and not vague things like “exercise” or “healthy diet”. I made sure that I had made it specific, like ride my bike for 2 miles or include 2 fruits and 3 vegetables for lunch or dinner.

It’s important for you to remember to include actionable steps and to quantify your actions.

So, I just kept on coming up with more and more concrete ways to reduce stress in order to counteract the specific stressors I had included in the list. This made my personal development plan for stress management much easier for me to understand and that made it much easier for me to do.

And did I stop at this part? No, I also wrote down many of the possible ways that I could prevent further stress and this made my list even better than it was before! :-)

Now the tough part of every decision making process and every personal development plan is to actually initiate the plan with action (meaning new habits) and to make the plan work. I had to commit 100% to everything that I had written down. This is why it’s so important to remember to make yourself a plan that is simple enough for you to be able to stick with.

Making a personal development plan was a great liberating experience! It gave me new insights on the things I would have never known I could do.

How about you, when is the last time you set out to put the pen to the paper and write out your personal development plan? This summer has the potential to be the best summer of your life, so why not start now with your very own personal development plan?!

Is this the summer you are going to stick to a plan for meditation?
Or how about the summer you plan to not only get closet clutter relief but also stay more organized in general?
Please share your ideas on your plans for personal development and start you commitment in the comments section today, thanks!

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Coping With Relationship Stress


Coping With Relationship Stress

Relationship stress can bring out the best and of course the worst in anyone; so when coping with stress concerning relationships, effective stress management techniques will go a long way to reduce stress and save your important relationships.

However, it’s not always so easy to know how to manage stress if you find yourself in a challenging or failing relationship. Actually, most of the time, people tend to end a relationship just because of the fact that there are too many complications, which can cause unbearable stress.

I know what it’s like to suffer from relationship stress because I’ve been there countless times myself. At one time, I even experienced a period of sleepless nights because I was struggling to manage stress and finding that there was too much stress to handle. Experts believe that while most relationships and marriages suffer due to relationship stress, many times, the real root of the problem is usually a very trivial and simple matter.

How To Cope With Trivial Stress

how to cope with relationship stress imageHave you heard about a divorce after a husband couldn’t stand his wife’s bad eating habits anymore? Or how about the wife who could not stand her husband’s snoring any longer?
Simple trivial things can often become huge factors of stress that are just waiting to burst.

After I decided that I would find a way to stop stressing over simple matters, I discovered many of the techniques that I regularly share with you on this website.

The following are some of the best approaches I have learned on how to manage stress, particularly concerning relationships:

  • Arrange negative thoughts carefully:

    When you take time to think about what frustrates you, chances are you will be able to sort out your feelings. This helps you a lot when going through the decision making process because it shows you the real root of the problem and whether or not the matter is even worth stressing over. Try to remember to never approach your partner or your significant others with fury and rage. It’s important to cool down first, and then see if it is worth discussing later. There are also many effective anger management techniques that you can employ to make this easier for you.

  • Face the frustration:

    Once you have deemed the problem as important enough to be discussed, it’s important for you to make an effort to communicate your point of view in a calm manner. No one wants to be rushed or forced into a debate, right? I learned that asking “when we can talk about this problem ?” is better than arguing over the problem in a hurried manner. If you bring concrete solutions to the table it’s easier than just expecting your partner to change. Brainstorming new ideas together as a couple is a fabulous way to cope with relationship stress, too. That way, it’s no longer his problem or her problem….it’s our problem.
    My partner and I had to learn to come up with creative ways to deal with stress that were interesting to both of us. Not only did this draw us closer, but we also had the opportunity to plan out our future as well.

  • Stay active

    Sometimes couples become frustrated over simple matters due to stress and everyday demands of work and family. Get out and stay active! The lovely change of seasons gives you another great reason to head in this direction. Go to your gym more, ride your bike around the community or explore the parks in your area. These are already great ways to manage stress and stay fit, but when you do them together as a couple, they can help you even more. When you’re ride your bikes, you can think through stressful situations and ponder ways to stop stressing over trivial things with each other. Make sure you get enough sleep and relaxation because we generally tend to be quite crabby when we don’t have enough sleep. This is also a major cause for severe strains on our personal relationships. While beefing up on more active lifestyles and taking advantage of the great weather conditions, don’t forget to stock up on enough foods that contain the anti-stress-vitamin! Eating well helps you to feel a lot better, and that’s effective stress management from the inside out.

Everyday stress will always be managed much more easily with a well rested mind and a well nourished body. Remembering to work together as a couple from the point of view of two relaxed states of mind will help you tremendously in coping with relationship stress.
Do you have other creative stress management techniques for relationship stress? Let us know in the comments section, thanks!

Here’s to your success with relationship stress!

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