How to compartmentalize to live a stress-free and successful life

10 Simple Ways to Live a Less Stressful Life

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” – George F. Burns

By Leo Babauta

Stress is a major problem for many people — a hectic, stressful job, a chaotic home life, bills to worry about, and bad habits such as unhealthy eating, drinking and smoking can lead to a mountain of stress.

If your life is full of stress, like mine once was, there are some simle things you can do to get your life to a more manageable level.

Now, your life will probably never be stress-free — I don’t think that’s even desirable, even if it is possible, because stress is something that challenges us and helps us grow. At a reasonable level. But when stress gets too high, it causes us to be unhappy and unhealthy.

It wasn’t that long ago when I was working long hours in a very stressful job, with little time for my family, smoking and eating fatty foods and not exercising. I had a lot of debt and too many bills. I was unhappy and stressed out all the time. I was losing hair … OK, actually that was because of genetics, but still. I was pretty stressed.

So I made some drastic changes. I quit my job. I simplified my life. I quit smoking and started exercising and eating healthier. I began to eliminate my debt. And I learned some habits that, when applied on a daily basis, can really transform the way you live, in a positive way.

How did I do all of this? One thing at a time. I didn’t do a major rehaul of my life. I changed one habit a month, and gradually over the course of a year or two changed a lot of things in my life.

I won’t guarantee that all of these will work for you. They worked for me, but each person is different. Pick and choose the ones that will work best for you, and give them a try. One at a time.

1. One thing at a time. This is the simplest and best way to start reducing your stress, and you can start today. Right now. Focus as much as possible on doing one thing at a time. Clear your desk of distractions. Pick something to work on. Need to write a report? Do only that. Remove distractions such as phones and email notifications while you’re working on that report. If you’re going to do email, do only that. This takes practice, and you’ll get urges to do other things. Just keep practicing and you’ll get better at it.

2. Simplify your schedule. A hectic schedule is a major cause of high stress. Simplify by reducing the number of commitments in your life to just the essential ones. Learn to say no to the rest — and slowly get out of commitments that aren’t beneficial to you. Schedule only a few important things each day, and put space between them. Get out of meetings when they aren’t absolutely essential. Leave room for down time and fun.

3. Get moving. Do something each day to be active — walk, hike, play a sport, go for a run, do yoga. It doesn’t have to be grueling to reduce stress. Just move. Have fun doing it.

4. Develop one healthy habit this month. Other than getting active, improving your health overall will help with the stress. But do it one habit at a time. Eat fruits and veggies for snacks. Floss every day. Quit smoking. Cook something healthy for dinner. Drink water instead of soda. One habit at a time.

5. Do something calming. What do you enjoy that calms you down? For many people, it can be the “get moving” activity discussed above. But it could also be taking a nap, or a bath, or reading, or having sex (which can also be considered a “get moving” activity if you do it for longer than 5 minutes). Other people are calmed by housework or yardwork. Some people like to meditate, or take a nature walk. Find your calming activity and try to do it each day.

6. Simplify your finances. Finances can be a drain on your energy and a major stressor. If that’s true with you, figure out ways to simplify things. Automate savings and bill payments and debt payments. Spend less by going shopping (at malls or online) much less. Find ways to have fun that don’t involve spending money.

7. Have a blast! Have fun each day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. I like to play with my kids — they take my mind off everything and are really hilarious. I also like to play sports (again, often with my kids). Board games are fun. Sex, again, can be a fun activity. Whatever you choose, be sure to laugh.

8. Get creative. Throwing yourself into a creative activity is another great way to de-stress and to prevent stress. I like writing, but others like to paint or play music or sketch or make pottery or do interior design or build things.

9. Declutter. This is a favorite of mine. I like to take 20-30 minutes and just go through a room, getting rid of stuff we don’t use or need anymore. I look around at anything that’s cluttering up a room, and get rid of it or find a better place for it. When I’m done, I have a nice, peaceful enviornment for work, play, and living. Do this a little at a time — it can be one of your “fun activities”.

10. Be early. I will admit that it’s hard to be early when you have to get 6 kids ready (seriously — try it!). But being late can be very stressful. Try to leave earlier by getting ready earlier, or by scheduling more space between events. Things always take longer than normal, so schedule some buffer time: extra time to get ready, to commute, to do errands before you need to be somewhere, to attend a meeting before another scheduled appointment. If you get somewhere early, it’s good to have some reading material.

“Loafing needs no explanation and is its own excuse.” – Christopher Morley

Compartmentalization is not denial.

Some people find it easy to put their emotional issues into “compartments” within their heads and hearts and just deal with those feelings or issues when they need to. When people talk about living in the moment, this is one of the ways it can be accomplished.

But if the emotions have gotten to the point where you are thinking about them constantly, then finding a place to retreat within yourself may not be easy for you. However, it still can be done.

When you have more than one serious thing going on at a time, it can be very difficult to maintain your focus or serenity. I am not suggesting you put all your emotions on hold. What we all need to learn is the ability, even if just for a moment, to put away the things that hurt us, so we can gain some perspective on how to deal with them. This will also help us cope better.

There may be certain times of day when you have greater ability to do this. I like to write in the morning to get my feelings out, and afterward I can focus on important things. Others have different times and methods. One couple regularly comes to see me at 5 p.m. so they can deal with whatever going on, put it away, and go to dinner. The process has worked well for them, but they had to agree on the ground rules and only bring to the table topics that they are both ready to discuss. (You can always ask your partner for more time if you’re not ready to talk. Simply say, “This really isn’t a good time. Can we talk later please?” Just be sure to set a time to have the conversation you need to have.)

Compartmentalization is not about being in denial; it’s about putting things where they belong and not letting them get in the way of the rest of your life. You can’t just ignore your issues and expect them to go away, but obsessing on them won’t help either.

If you know you are going to talk once a week with your therapist, it makes it much easier to put your issues aside for the time being. If you aren’t seeing a therapist, or you just need a break from your thoughts, you can sing a song in your head until the feelings fade a bit. Watch a movie you’ve seen before while multitasking on the computer. Those actions together can make it difficult to think about the negativity in your life. Even doing the dishes is a way to give your thoughts a rest until they can return to the positive.

When something gets stuck in your brain and you find yourself obsessing, you need to clear a path for your mind and body to function properly. If you continue to ruminate, you may damage your physical and mental health. Regardless of your condition or situation, this is something you can do. Really.

How to compartmentalize to live a stress-free and successful life

“No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.”

Anyone can be mindful for a moment or two, but developing your mindfulness muscle means that you have to take things to a higher level.

In today’s world it’s all too easy to get distracted from what’s truly important. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you see messages designed to get you to perform a specific action and distract you from the fact that you are already whole.

There are no reminders to be mindful unless we create them.

The responsibility is in your hands. Staying in the present moment can dramatically reduce stress, increase your happiness, and give you bursts of insight that might change your life.

Ever since I’ve started becoming aware of my thoughts and staying in the now, my life has improved significantly, and I know yours will, too.

Here are a few down-to-earth tips on how to become more mindful:

1. Notice your tendencies.

You and I, we both have our unique tendencies that distract us from the present moment. I’m a worrier, so I tend to think about the future and try to solve problems before they even happen.

What are your tendencies? What kind of thoughts tend to rob you of the now?

These questions will help you become more mindful about what is going on in your head, which in turn leads to mindfulness.

A few examples of tendencies that are very common are:

  • anxiety
  • worry
  • regret
  • guilt
  • fear
  • pleasure seeking

A great tip is to write down your tendencies and how they tease you out of the now. Grab a piece of pen and paper, and just do it.

2. Practice acceptance.

Once you start becoming mindful of your tendencies, it’s crucial that you don’t judge yourself. Practice acceptance and embrace who you are.

The tendencies you have are there for a reason. They are signposts pointing to the areas of your life that need attention.

If you’re a chronic worrier, you need to start noticing whenever you begin drifting to the future. Become mindful, observe your thoughts, and breathe.

We believe our thoughts to be the authority on life, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Our thoughts are just thoughts.

3. Focus on your breath.

Your breath is a powerful and simple way to anchor yourself in the present moment. Whenever you are having a hard time staying in the now, take deep breaths, and focus on your breathing.

You could even count your breaths. Something I like to do is count to four on the inhale and four on the exhale.

It focuses the logical part of my brain on counting and allows me to focus on my breath. After a while I can release the crutch of counting and just be.

4. Question your thoughts.

Your thoughts aren’t always right. In fact, they are rarely right, especially if they make you feel bad.

Question your thoughts constantly. When you start to feel negative emotions, use it as a reminder to examine what thoughts are causing the commotion.

Most people walk around all day letting negative thoughts cause negative feelings. We both know that nothing good can come out of this.

It takes discipline to be mindful, but the rewards are peace and happiness. Even researchers are discovering the power of emotions. Negative emotions not only have the power to make you feel bad, but can affect your physical health as well.

Whenever a negative thought arises, take a step back, and look at if the thought is true.

5. Use reminders.

Another great way to stay anchored in the now is to use reminders. It can be as simple as tying a white string around your wrist.

Each time you look at the white string, you are reminded of the present moment. Are you in the now, or are you somewhere else?

There are no limits to what you can use as a reminder. If you want to take this even further, you can add a new reminder each week.

Start using external reminders such as red cars, billboards, and so on. If you keep doing this, you will be astonished at the results.

6. Be determined.

Increasing the time you spend in the present moment can be a lot of work. If you’re serious about becoming more mindful, you have to be determined.

There will be times when you feel like you want to throw in the towel. You will face challenges, obstacles, and problems.

But if you’re determined, you will get through them. They are nothing but teachers on your path.

When you make becoming more mindful one of your main goals, you simply cannot fail.

7. Follow your passion.

I have noticed that the more I follow my passion and my hearts deepest desire, the more I am able to stay in the now.

I enjoy every second of every minute when I’m working on something I love. My heart buzzes with joy and I feel amazing.

Writing is one of my passions. I love helping people improve their life. It makes me come alive, and it keeps me in the present moment.

Inspiration flows effortlessly, and it’s almost like I am channeling someone else as I am writing. Find your passion and go after it.

Becoming more mindful is done step-by-step. You do not have to go all-in. You only have to increase the amount of time you spend in the present moment each and every day.

If you do that, it’s impossible for you not to become a mindfulness master.

How to compartmentalize to live a stress-free and successful life

Despite the fact that stress has adverse effects on our life, we still deny admitting that this could be a mental disorder. Leading a stressful life hinders our efficiency and lessens our ability to live a healthy and happy life. Being stressed, you may fall sick more often, can feel grumpy and even irritated too.

Our hectic schedules and a number of responsibilities have greatly contributed to this condition and it is important to know the ways that could alleviate stressful conditions. Where meditation could decrease the level of stress, indulging in physical activities is another way to get rid of it. So, here are a few ways that should be followed for a stress-free life.

Follow a routine
Always make a point to follow a regime. A routine provides a structured and organised way of living. When our daily routine is well structured, we can utilize our day in a better way. You will also realize that you are able to complete all your work on time and still can indulge in some entertainment activities, hobbies and sports. And you will automatically feel stress-free!

Wake up early

Wake up early in the morning. As the saying goes, “early to bed and early to rise, makes a man, healthy wealthy and wise”. So, follow a daily routine and set a time to sleep at night and when to wake up. Waking up early is not just healthy for your body but is also beneficial in improving mental health.

Make a list for yourself

Make a list of things that make you happy and optimistic. This technique will help to ease your stress in a positive manner. Also, make a list of work that you need to do or could accomplish in a day. The best suggestion would be to make a to-do list wherein you list all the activities, assignments or any other tasks that you need to complete. This is a good way of staying focused and organized and also completing all the tasks without thinking too much about them.

Accept and face your challenges

If you find yourself in a bad situation or if some of your decisions have landed you in trouble, accept and find a solution for it instead of cribbing. When you accept your challenges, it has a positive impact on your mind and consciousness. This makes you stronger to face tougher situations in future as well.

Look after yourself

Never forget to take good care of you. When we are in a stressful situation, we end up getting tensed and worried without giving a thought about ourselves. We ignore our own selves either by eating unhealthy meals or by not giving our body and mind enough rest. This ignorance can more harm us greatly and could weaken our power to deal with stress.

Relax your mind and body. When felling stresses, take a nap or breathe deep. Being continuously involved in work can be stressful. So, remember to take a break and connect with ‘yourself’. In this way, you will stay calm and make yourself feel better.

Meditation is an excellent method of cleansing your mind from all negative and stressing thoughts. Refresh and think positive. Whenever you feel heavy or burdened, or even when you feel tired of doing work, or feel irritated by something or someone, take a deep breath to relax. Focus on your breathing, while you exhale and inhale. Focus on how your body acts when you breathe. Visualize that your mind is going blank and focus on emptying your mind. A simple, 20-minute meditation will make you refreshed and relaxed. Besides this, it also helps to reduce your anxiety, tension and stress.

Avoid distractions

To fully relax your lifestyle and live stress-free life, remove all the distractions. These distractions are generally the types of equipment such as mobile phones, laptops and television. While virtual presence is equally important as is the physical one, it becomes a little difficult to completely remove these distractions from our lives. But we can avoid using them when focusing or working on a particular job.

‘Concentrate and stay focused’ should be the motto of your life. When you are focused on your work, you are able to accomplish more and in an efficient manner. Concentrate on the work that you perform and give it your best. This helps to finish your task faster and in an efficient manner. Therefore, always remain focused on the goals you want to achieve.

Don’t procrastinate

As is said by the elders, tomorrow never comes. Do not leave your work for the next day. Complete your job as soon as possible. Procrastination is bad and stressful and the thought to complete the work tomorrow, never gets accomplished.

The last but not the least, always be happy! Staying happy would also mean making your body happy as well and that you can achieve by exercising. Regular exercise is a great booster for the body as it helps in decreasing the production of stress hormones, such as cortisol, and neurotransmitters that are secreted during the stress response. While one should follow certain other steps as well like following correct breathing pattern, not pressuring yourself with strenuous work goals, eating a balanced diet etc., but it is the health and contentment of your mind that would lead to happier living.

So live a happy, healthy life and always be free of stress!

How to compartmentalize to live a stress-free and successful life

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. People and things can cause stress in your life, stress which is on a mental level. May these quotes inspire you to rid your mind and your life of stress so that you may live your dreams.

1. “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.” Anonymous

2. “Today I refuse to stress myself out about things I cannot control or change.” Anonymous

3. “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” Hans Selye

4. “Be like a little kid, with no stress, no worries, or a care in the world.” Anonymous

5. “Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude, and all that extra stress is gone.” Anonymous

6. “Don’t stress yourself with useless people who don’t even deserve to be an issue in your life.” Anonymous

7. “99% of things you worry about never happen.” Anonymous

8. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” Anonymous

9. “Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest.” Anonymous

10. “If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago.” E. Joseph Cossman

11. “A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” Anonymous

12. “God will never give you anything you can’t handle, don’t stress.” Kelly Clarkson

13. “Stress spelled backward is desserts.” Loretta Laroche

14. “Take life day by day and be grateful for the little things. Don’t get stressed over what you can’t control.” Anonymous

15. “The people in your life should be a source of reducing stress, not causing more of it.” Anonymous

16. “Stop focusing on how stressed you are an remember how blessed you are.” Anonymous

17. “Stress happens when you try to control your life experiences. Relax and remember the only real control you have is over yourself.” Anonymous

18. “Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused when we are living to please others.” Paulo Coelho

19. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” William James

20. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” Steve Maraboli

21. “Stress is the inability to tell the difference between what is happening and what you think is happening.” Anonymous

22. “The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down, was the day she began to shine the brightest.” Katrina Mayer

23. “Make jokes. No stress. Love. Live life. Proceed. Progress.” Lil Wayne

24. “Trying to be a perfectionist brings increased stress and hinders performance.” T. Whitmore

25. “Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breath, and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” Anonymous

26. “The major cause of stress is the inability of people to discover their real nature. Discover your gifts, follow them and you will never feel stressed.” Anonymous

27. “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” Buddha

28. “An ignorant state, stress is.” Yoda

29. “Don’t stress the could haves. If it should have, it would have.” Anonymous

30. “Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.” Anonymous

31. “God doesn’t give us what we can handle. God helps us handle what we are given.” Anonymous

32. “Gratitude can reduce your stress and anxiety.” Bree Miller

33. “Focus on how blessed you are.” ATGW

34. “Stress is the gap between our expectation and reality. The bigger the gap, the more stress, so, expect nothing and just be.” Anonymous

How to compartmentalize to live a stress-free and successful life

Women often have a serious problem with stressing out over the smallest details. This problem makes it more difficult to be successful in their everyday lives. Here are some traits of women who know how to live a stress-free life and achieve success.

Is Herself

She knows her own personality, needs, wants and opinions on serious matters. People may think she’s weak or doesn’t know what she wants in life. She knows they judge her by her appearance and tend to make false assumptions. Since she knows herself well, she has the unique ability to make progress in her own life. This woman is smart and rises above the misjudgment of others to focus on better things. She’s not afraid to express her true feelings, even if nobody likes it.

Is Ethical

Even though she may seem petty because she’s successful, this is actually not the case. She has high ethical standards because she makes an honest effort to work hard. She treats others with genuine respect. Causes she may support include animal welfare, the environment and human rights. She defends the underdog when no one else will. She doesn’t stress out because she has the best of intentions. People might try to exploit her good qualities, but this doesn’t deter her from doing what’s right.

Is Responsible

It’s easier to live a stress-free life when worries are not an issue. A successful woman is responsible in work and in her private life. She takes care of her budget wisely, prepares for meetings ahead of time and makes lists when necessary. Her coworkers, friends and family know they can trust her in all matters. She’s socially responsible and is highly respected for it.

Is Healthy

Living a successful, stress-free life is directly connected to one’s health. An intelligent woman understands this and makes a commitment to being healthy by eating right, working out regularly and exercising her mind. Maintaining her sanity is simple because she declutters her life. Using a storage warehouse to declutter the home is a great way to clear the mind from distracting thoughts. This is one immensely helpful way to eliminate stress. She monitors her health on a daily basis so she can have the energy, stamina and brainpower to perform at her career.

Is Spiritual

Believing in something bigger than oneself is essential to having a real purpose in life. A life lacking meaning will lead to a dead end. A woman who doesn’t stress out utilizes spirituality in a genuine way to have peace of mind. She’s motivated to reach her goals by her good intentions, not by greed. Since she has a purpose, this naturally makes her go further in life.

Any woman can be successful by learning not to stress out. It’s vital to take care of body, mind and soul to live the best life possible. A genuine woman becomes successful by maintaining high standards without a selfish mindset.

How to compartmentalize to live a stress-free and successful life

Life is hectic. Work deadlines, home maintenance, family drama, financial problems and health issues can take their toll on the body, physically and mentally. In the past, the amount of stress I felt on a daily basis was paralyzing. Until I had an epiphany.

I can’t always control the stressful situations around me, but I can control how I react to them and do my best to prepare. Now, I follow several habits that have minimized my stress.

Read through my simple secrets below and commit to trying at least one right now.

1. What I want isn’t what I need.

Reducing my life to simpler terms meant clearing out the junk and not bringing new stuff into my home. I had trouble distinguishing between my wants and needs and this created unwanted stress in the form of clutter, credit card interest and large payments. My needs consisted of the mortgage, utilities, transportation, insurance payments, clothing and food. It was easy to allocate too much of my expenses to entertainment, excess shopping trips and luxury items.

Now, if I want to purchase an item outside of my immediate needs, I give it 24-hour consideration. I spend more time with the decision for big-ticket items, weighing the cost with the lifetime of the purchase. I would rather invest in fewer higher-quality items that will serve me for several years than quick purchases from a fleeting moment.

2. Decrease debt.

In the past, one of my biggest stressors came in the form of financial debt. Receiving a call at work from a creditor would increase my anxiety tenfold and reduce my productivity. Whether your debt is from student loans, medical bills, credit cards or a mortgage, owing money can be overwhelming.

Sometimes all you need to do is make a plan, and then get started. Feeling stunned by dollar signs, I gathered up all of my bills and wrote out a financial plan to clear my debt. I started by making larger payments on my smaller debt, like my credit cards and loans. After I paid these things off, I felt more in control of my finances and able to tackle larger debt, like my mortgage.

3. Save for a rainy day.

Life is full of highs and lows. Sometimes money seems readily available, and other times it’s scarce. The old saying “saving for a rainy day” refers to the financial valleys almost everyone eventually faces: the car needs a new alternator, the washing machine breaks or the hot water tank springs a leak. All things that raise stress levels.

By saving a little out of every paycheck, I built an emergency fund to handle the financial blows that come my way. Some experts recommend an emergency fund of $1,000 to get started, and in the event of a job loss, they say you should also work toward a savings of three to six months of income.

4. Go clutter-free.

Clutter creates stress. When my home was messy, I didn’t want to invite anyone over. It was embarrassing when people stopped by, and those marathon cleaning sessions were taxing. But the problem wasn’t that my home was dirty; it was that it housed too much stuff.

So I started ridding my home of clutter in 15- to 30-minute sessions. Now, it is much easier to clean, and I feel better knowing I gave away unwanted items to people who need them more.

5. Focus on one thing.

Multitasking is my enemy. It sounds noble, but when I tried balancing all of my responsibilities at once, everything came crashing down, leaving me disappointed and discouraged. Now, I focus on one task at a time.

When I cook, I focus solely on the recipe and ingredients and ignore the siren’s call of the internet or the need to rearrange the spice cabinet. At work, I focus on each project and give it my all, 100 percent. I shut out all distractions and work on one item at a time, resulting in fewer mistakes.

6. Embrace the real world.

Technology advances make our lives easier, but I’ve noticed that too many devices leave me feeling drained from the constant 24/7 communication. Like Pavlov’s dog, the ding of a notification can stop me in my tracks. This bombardment from the virtual world negatively impacts my mindset, and I lose focus on the task at hand.

To embrace the real world and spend more time with my family and friends, I simplify my life by totally unplugging from my devices. It’s freeing to sit on the porch with a cup of coffee in solitude, without the constant demand of email, Facebook and Twitter.

I’m still adopting new habits all the time to maintain my simpler lifestyle. Sometimes implementing a new practice can take a few weeks, so I allow myself one month to focus on adding the new habit into my routine. Choose a few things from this list and welcome your new stress-free life.

How to compartmentalize to live a stress-free and successful life

“No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.”

Anyone can be mindful for a moment or two, but developing your mindfulness muscle means that you have to take things to a higher level.

In today’s world it’s all too easy to get distracted from what’s truly important. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you see messages designed to get you to perform a specific action and distract you from the fact that you are already whole.

There are no reminders to be mindful unless we create them.

The responsibility is in your hands. Staying in the present moment can dramatically reduce stress, increase your happiness, and give you bursts of insight that might change your life.

Ever since I’ve started becoming aware of my thoughts and staying in the now, my life has improved significantly, and I know yours will, too.

Here are a few down-to-earth tips on how to become more mindful:

1. Notice your tendencies.

You and I, we both have our unique tendencies that distract us from the present moment. I’m a worrier, so I tend to think about the future and try to solve problems before they even happen.

What are your tendencies? What kind of thoughts tend to rob you of the now?

These questions will help you become more mindful about what is going on in your head, which in turn leads to mindfulness.

A few examples of tendencies that are very common are:

  • anxiety
  • worry
  • regret
  • guilt
  • fear
  • pleasure seeking

A great tip is to write down your tendencies and how they tease you out of the now. Grab a piece of pen and paper, and just do it.

2. Practice acceptance.

Once you start becoming mindful of your tendencies, it’s crucial that you don’t judge yourself. Practice acceptance and embrace who you are.

The tendencies you have are there for a reason. They are signposts pointing to the areas of your life that need attention.

If you’re a chronic worrier, you need to start noticing whenever you begin drifting to the future. Become mindful, observe your thoughts, and breathe.

We believe our thoughts to be the authority on life, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Our thoughts are just thoughts.

3. Focus on your breath.

Your breath is a powerful and simple way to anchor yourself in the present moment. Whenever you are having a hard time staying in the now, take deep breaths, and focus on your breathing.

You could even count your breaths. Something I like to do is count to four on the inhale and four on the exhale.

It focuses the logical part of my brain on counting and allows me to focus on my breath. After a while I can release the crutch of counting and just be.

4. Question your thoughts.

Your thoughts aren’t always right. In fact, they are rarely right, especially if they make you feel bad.

Question your thoughts constantly. When you start to feel negative emotions, use it as a reminder to examine what thoughts are causing the commotion.

Most people walk around all day letting negative thoughts cause negative feelings. We both know that nothing good can come out of this.

It takes discipline to be mindful, but the rewards are peace and happiness. Even researchers are discovering the power of emotions. Negative emotions not only have the power to make you feel bad, but can affect your physical health as well.

Whenever a negative thought arises, take a step back, and look at if the thought is true.

5. Use reminders.

Another great way to stay anchored in the now is to use reminders. It can be as simple as tying a white string around your wrist.

Each time you look at the white string, you are reminded of the present moment. Are you in the now, or are you somewhere else?

There are no limits to what you can use as a reminder. If you want to take this even further, you can add a new reminder each week.

Start using external reminders such as red cars, billboards, and so on. If you keep doing this, you will be astonished at the results.

6. Be determined.

Increasing the time you spend in the present moment can be a lot of work. If you’re serious about becoming more mindful, you have to be determined.

There will be times when you feel like you want to throw in the towel. You will face challenges, obstacles, and problems.

But if you’re determined, you will get through them. They are nothing but teachers on your path.

When you make becoming more mindful one of your main goals, you simply cannot fail.

7. Follow your passion.

I have noticed that the more I follow my passion and my hearts deepest desire, the more I am able to stay in the now.

I enjoy every second of every minute when I’m working on something I love. My heart buzzes with joy and I feel amazing.

Writing is one of my passions. I love helping people improve their life. It makes me come alive, and it keeps me in the present moment.

Inspiration flows effortlessly, and it’s almost like I am channeling someone else as I am writing. Find your passion and go after it.

Becoming more mindful is done step-by-step. You do not have to go all-in. You only have to increase the amount of time you spend in the present moment each and every day.

If you do that, it’s impossible for you not to become a mindfulness master.

How to compartmentalize to live a stress-free and successful life

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. People and things can cause stress in your life, stress which is on a mental level. May these quotes inspire you to rid your mind and your life of stress so that you may live your dreams.

1. “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.” Anonymous

2. “Today I refuse to stress myself out about things I cannot control or change.” Anonymous

3. “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” Hans Selye

4. “Be like a little kid, with no stress, no worries, or a care in the world.” Anonymous

5. “Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude, and all that extra stress is gone.” Anonymous

6. “Don’t stress yourself with useless people who don’t even deserve to be an issue in your life.” Anonymous

7. “99% of things you worry about never happen.” Anonymous

8. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” Anonymous

9. “Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest.” Anonymous

10. “If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago.” E. Joseph Cossman

11. “A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” Anonymous

12. “God will never give you anything you can’t handle, don’t stress.” Kelly Clarkson

13. “Stress spelled backward is desserts.” Loretta Laroche

14. “Take life day by day and be grateful for the little things. Don’t get stressed over what you can’t control.” Anonymous

15. “The people in your life should be a source of reducing stress, not causing more of it.” Anonymous

16. “Stop focusing on how stressed you are an remember how blessed you are.” Anonymous

17. “Stress happens when you try to control your life experiences. Relax and remember the only real control you have is over yourself.” Anonymous

18. “Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused when we are living to please others.” Paulo Coelho

19. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” William James

20. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” Steve Maraboli

21. “Stress is the inability to tell the difference between what is happening and what you think is happening.” Anonymous

22. “The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down, was the day she began to shine the brightest.” Katrina Mayer

23. “Make jokes. No stress. Love. Live life. Proceed. Progress.” Lil Wayne

24. “Trying to be a perfectionist brings increased stress and hinders performance.” T. Whitmore

25. “Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breath, and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” Anonymous

26. “The major cause of stress is the inability of people to discover their real nature. Discover your gifts, follow them and you will never feel stressed.” Anonymous

27. “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” Buddha

28. “An ignorant state, stress is.” Yoda

29. “Don’t stress the could haves. If it should have, it would have.” Anonymous

30. “Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.” Anonymous

31. “God doesn’t give us what we can handle. God helps us handle what we are given.” Anonymous

32. “Gratitude can reduce your stress and anxiety.” Bree Miller

33. “Focus on how blessed you are.” ATGW

34. “Stress is the gap between our expectation and reality. The bigger the gap, the more stress, so, expect nothing and just be.” Anonymous