Well, it’s August. These long lazy days of summer will begin to wind down soon and thoughts of back to school and busy fall routines might already be crossing your mind. Keep your mind relaxed and any chaos at bay with these tips to reduce some of life’s daily stress:

Simplify your surroundings. Get rid of things in your environment that you no longer need, use or absolutely love.

Find a home for everything in your house.

Slow down and prioritize. You’re never going to get it all done anyway, so tackle just those daily tasks you have control over today.

Eat right.

Get more sleep. We all function better with adequate sleep. If it means getting to bed earlier, make that a priority.

Laugh more. Share jokes at the breakfast table. Even faking a laugh stimulates the pleasure center of your brain.

Connect to your passions. Do something for the kid in you every day.

Talk less, listen more.

Tell your loved ones that you love them, at every opportunity.

Keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

Forgive. Most people are doing the best they can with what they have, so let go of grudges.

Keep only cheerful friends in your closest social circle. These friends will uplift your spirits. The grouches just pull you down.

Build memories. Remember life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away!

Take time, every day, to be alone and relish in the power of peace and quiet. If this means waking up 15 minutes earlier to enjoy a cup of tea in peace, then add this to your daily to-do list.

Keep a folder of your favorite sayings and refer to them on occasion.

Make a list of what you want to do, have, experience and witness before you die. It’s a great way to get a lot more of what you want in your life.

Strive for excellence. It’s not necessary and unrealistic to be perfect. Excellence will do just fine!

Walk your talk. It’s easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

Start a gratitude journal. Keep it on your nightstand and end every day by listing three things you are grateful for that day.

Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe. Relax and concentrate on just things that will forward your life each day toward your goals.

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