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Stress…we all talk about being stressed. What do we really refer to?

We generally use the word “stress” when we feel that everything seems to have become too much – we are overloaded and wonder whether we really can cope with the pressures placed upon us.

Anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being is a stress. Some stresses get you going and they are good for you – without any stress at all many say our lives would be boring and would probably feel pointless. However, when the stresses undermine both our mental and physical health they are bad.

Block stress by losing yourself in activities you enjoy deeply – reading, playing music, gardening, visiting friends. Add these activities to your daily schedule. Be disciplined about this.

Practice above 🙂 !

Living simply has a lot to do with giving yourself permission to say “no”. It means freeing ourselves from commitments and obligations that complicate life or interfere with what we really want to do. Identify one or two things or events that burden you and simply let it go…

By wanting – and sometimes, doing – less, we create more space for the things that really matter.

Sixth “recipe” -Live simply to dream big in a whole new way. Take a month or more every few years to go live in a foreign country. Living in a different culture fascinates, excites and vitalizes us. It teaches us to live in the present, a core practice of simple living. We gain perspective when we experience a foreign culture and learn how much we have to be grateful for.

Why do some couples seem so head-over-heels? It’s not that their lives are any easier or more perfect than yours – but they do know how to keep the daily grind from eroding their relationship. Get some of what they have by incorporating the following happy-couple strategies into your love life.


Pay attention to your physical appearance.

Take the time to stay in shape and look good for each other. It does matter.

So get off that sofa, go for a walk, go to the gym and change those sweat pants you’ve been wearing for the last week to something more “attractive” 🙂

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Lars – Transition & Retirement Coach

Certified Retirement Coach


October 2013
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