5 Great Ways to Reduce Stress
Hey, Everyone! My name is Jerremy Alexander Newsome and I am a professional trader and founder of Real Life Trading. I write these tips from the perspective of a day trader, but they will apply to people from all walks of life and any profession or income level. The mission statement of Real Life Trading is 'To EnRich Lives'. Our focus is not only on trading, but on life and its beauty and simplicity! This article is going to be so much more than the obvious 'workout and eat better' advice. I believe you already know to do those two things to reduce stress. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to spend with me and I hope this helps you reduce your stress levels and in turn EnRiches your lives!
1. Organize your key chain. How many keys do you have on your key chain? In my experience I've found most people have either one or two, or as many as 60, and there's no real in-between. You know who are! If you have a pound of keys, take a moment to go through them and narrow them down to the three or four most important keys. My recommendation is car key, house key, and workplace key if applicable. Unless you're a janitor, security guard, or The Keymaker in The Matrix, why do you need to carry so many keys? Have a hanger or other special place somewhere in your house to stash the others until needed.
2. Organize and clean out your wallet or purse. Gents, I personally suggest a money clip where you keep cash, driver's license and one card (debit or credit). That's it. If you have a wallet, look at it and ask yourself 'Do I really need all these receipts?â€ If you do organize them and put them in a box. There's no reason to be George Costanza with the wallet, okay? And ladies, there really should be a solid and noticeable difference in your purse (or as my mom and some other southern women call it. a pocket book) and a suitcase. Dig in and get out the gum wrappers, empty lip gloss containers, random receipts, expired gift cards or coupons and second mascara. You'll feel like a 7.12 pound weight (possibly an accurate assessment) has been lifted off your shoulders.
3. Keep a clean house, especially the bathroom! I consider myself to be an honest person, one of those 'don't ask the question if you don't want the answer', kind of guys. This being said, on a scale from one to ten scale of cleanliness, where ten is you can easily eat food off the kitchen floor and one is that HAZMAT ought to be called to your place, I am a 7.618. It's an 'organized mess', if you will. I do the dishes often, am okay at laundry, am a very tidy cook and am generally not a messy person. Neither am I a clean freak, however. The bottom line is two-fold: keep your house as clean as you can and continuously raise your standards of cleanliness. I know from personal experience this is possible, as I used to be closer to a four on that cleanliness scale. If your life doesn't allow for this, consider hiring a maid. In the big-picture scope of things having a decent maid isn't that expensive. You can find someone reputable on Angie's List, ask friends about their experiences, ask people from your religious community for referrals, or browse the World Wide Web. Trust me, this is money well spent. My mom used to do this as a side job when I was younger, about seven or eight years old. I remember going with her to her houses and everyone loved her work. If there's someone you really trust but they don't have a 'company' ask what they will do for $40.00 Take my word for it, having a clean bathroom is mega important. You may not realize it but that's often where you go to 'get away' and the experience is better when it's ultra clean.
4. Have dry cleaning picked up and dropped off. Dry cleaning is one chore people dislike, a lot. The traffic, the parking, the getting in and out of the car, the carrying the heavy clothes . . . trust me I've been there. My first real job with a Tax ID number and everything was at a dry cleaning company called Quality Cleaners in Gainesville, FL. I was paid $7.25 an hour and I learned first-hand the frustrations of taking time to drop off and pick up dry cleaning. In spite of this dry cleaning is well worth it. If you're going into an office environment, it's important to look sharp and dry cleaning really helps with that. What you might not be aware of, however, is some dry cleaners WILL pick up from either your house or your work. I suggest calling a few local companies or doing a quick Google search to find one. I made the recommendation that Quality Cleaners do this and lo and behold, a few years later they were picking up and dropping off dry cleaning every Tuesday and Thursday at the office building where worked, Nationwide Insurance. Coincidence? I think not. Often the cost is exactly the same (if you work in a big office building) or just a tad bit more expensive. It's definitely worth it! If this isn't an option in your area, well, I just gave you a swell business idea and you can thank me later.
5. Give hugs. I took a managerial accounting class in my sophomore year of college. My teacher told me she loved my hugs but didn't love my grades. She said I needed to study more because accounting is more important than hugging and even ventured that I could never operate a business with a focus of hugging people. Well, as you will learn when you come to the local Nashville, TN mall and you walk by the Real Life Trading hugging booth, I beg to differ! Just don't tell my accounting teacher. Here's my point: hugging is the 15th greatest feeling in the world. (I'll come up with an entire list for you one day.) I'm not talking about that lame, awkward shoulder pat, butt-out thing people do; I MEAN A HUG! When's the last time you hugged someone like you haven't seen them in years? A full-body three to fifteen-second warm embrace? You might be thinking, 'This Jerremy guy is odd and hugging has nothing to do with trading, so why is he even mentioning this?â€ Well, remember the title of this article? Hugging someone feels incredible. I used to hug my previous boss every day I saw him, without exaggeration. I hugged everyone in the office, even those who claimed not to 'be a hugger'. Even these non-huggers came to appreciate a good hug. Try it! This tip above all the rest is an amazing way to reduce stress on a day to day basis.
Thanks so much for reading my blog! In my eccentric view of the world, life is love and it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you aren't. If you find money to be an obstacle in regards to tips number three and four, visit my site. The education is free. Let me and all the other Real Life Traders help you achieve the specific financial goals you may have in life through trading. Have a wonderful day and remember, in life those who succeed are Real with themselves and Real with others. Enjoy your days ahead!
Jerremy Alexander Newsome
CEO of reallifetrading.com