De-Stress Yourself Week #5: Use 5 Sentence E-mails


Welcome to my 2012 series “De-Stress Yourself.”  If you have missed previous entries take a moment and catch up!

I absolutely love this de-stressing tip.  I think when we send e-mails we say too much.  We take too long.  And we give needless information.  (Sort of like this thought!)

This week your de-stressing challenge is to try to keep as many of your messages as possible to five sentences or less.  It’s the KISS method.  “Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word…”― Siddhārtha Gautama.

So over the next few days as you send e-mails try to keep them as short and simple as possible.  I think 5 sentences is a good guideline.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to keep your e-mails short and sweet!

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De-Stress Yourself Week #4: Go To Bed Early


Welcome to my 2012 Series “De-Stress Yourself“!  If you have missed the first three weeks check them out!

This week’s de-stressing assignment is pretty easy- go to bed early one night this week.

I don’t have to be a doctor to know that getting a full nights sleep improves my entire perspective the next day.  When life gets busy sleep seems to be the first thing we compromise on but it’s so important!

I understand that this one may take some planning so that’s why I have given you six days to try to accomplish this.  If you need to let your children or spouse know you need their help!

Step up to the challenge and get a full nights sleep!

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Destress Yourself Week #3: Use Your Slow Cooker

In 2012 A Frugal Chick is writing the series “Destress Yourself.”  Missed past posts?  Click here to catch up!

In my humble opinion the slow cooker is one of the most under-used appliances in households.  People don’t feel like cooking after they get home from work but they don’t utilize the thing in their house that could have dinner ready to go!

Slow cooker recipes don’t have to be complicated and many items you can easily get with coupons (marinades, frozen vegetables etc) are very commonly used.  Meals can be as simple as throwing in boneless skinless chicken breasts and bbq sauce.  You may even have all the ingredients in your house now!

Plus crock pot meals are often large so they will provide you with leftovers for lunch the next day!

So your assignment this week (should you choose to accept it) is to schedule atleast one meal using your crock pot.  Just imagine a world where you come home and dinner is practically on the table!

If you don’t have a recipe may I suggest my favorite Chicken Chili?

There are also some crockpot recipe books you can check out:

Crock Pot Cookbook: 440 Slow Cooker Recipes

Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly: 600 Healthy Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

Betty Crocker The Big Book of Slow Cooker, Casseroles & More (Betty Crocker Big Book)

The $7 a Meal Slow Cooker Cookbook: 301 Delicious, Nutritious Recipes the Whole Family Will Love!

Or check the stock at your local library.  You can also borrow cook books from friends!

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Destress Yourself Week #2: Clean Out A Bag Of Things From Your Home


Welcome to Week 2 of the “Destress Yourself” series.  Check out all the previous posts in the “Destress Yourself” series if you missed any!

When it comes to cleaning out closets, drawers, attics and garages we tend to look at these things as huge projects.  But many organizers will tell you that small steps can be just as effective.

So my challenge for myself and you this week is to get one bag of things together to either throw away or donate for each person in your house.  5 people = 5 bags.  This doesn’t mean clean out your entire attic.  Maybe this is just taking a black trash bag, going to your closet and pulling 10 things off of hangars you  haven’t worn in a year.  Or donating DVDs you haven’t watched in years.  Perhaps you have old newspapers, magazines or documents you need to recycle or destroy.

Whatever it is there is a good chance the extra clutter in your house is not exactly making you feel relaxed.  So take the extra 10 minutes to find these few bags of things to donate or throw away.  Clear out your space so you can focus on positive things!

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De-Stress Yourself Week #1: Click On Unsubscribe


Welcome to Week 1 of my “De-Stress Yourself” series!  Each week I will give you a simple step you can take to help destress yourself.

This week is one activity I will absolutely be doing myself.  Every day I get dozens of e-mails from companies that at some point I cared about but no longer do.  For example right now I am on e-mail lists for most stores that carried the Leap Pad during the holidays.  Now that the New Year has started I really don’t care about being notified if they are in stock.  So every day I just delete their e-mail along with all the others I don’t use.

This means when I open my inbox every morning there are 35 e-mails to go through and TWO of them are messages I actually need.

This week I will be opening all those e-mails.  On the bottom of most is going to be a blue link that says “unsubscribe.”  By taking two seconds to click on those links I will eliminate a huge quantity of the junk mail I receive every day.

By not having to sort through those messages every day I will get rid of one thing that annoys me so much!

So my task for this week is unsubscribing to everything I no longer want or need.  It should only take a few minutes but it will make a big difference!

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52 Ways To De-stress Your Life


Our lives are stressful.  And sometimes just the thought of de-stressing my life also stresses me out.

So each week during 2012 I am going to list one simple thing we can all do to de-stress our life.

Nothing too expensive or too time consuming- just simple stuff we can all do to make things a little bit easier!

I will begin doing these every Sunday (beginning 1/1/12) so if you need to adjust some plans for the week you can.

I feel more relaxed already!

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