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Four Hidden Things That Might Be Stressing You Out

Mar 14th, 2012

#1.) Your Pet. In general, studies have shown that people with pets are happier, have less stress, and live longer. But if you have a PROBLEM pet, that's not always the case.





--If your cat or dog constantly wakes you up at night, destroys your furniture, or causes anxiety, talk to your vet, or hire a trainer. And if nothing works, it's okay to find them a new home.





--Obviously, you shouldn't drop them off at the pound just because they're being a pain. But in the long run, your pet should ENHANCE your life, not make it worse.





#2.) Your Bedroom. Studies have found that when your home is messy, you're more likely to be anxious, unhappy, and even have mild depression.





--Your bedroom should be a calm place where it's easy to relax. So it's the most important spot to keep clean. That means doing things like clearing off your bedside table, and not leaving dirty laundry, or even folded laundry sitting around.





#3.) Facebook. What your FRIENDS post can stress you out without you even realizing it.





--For example, if someone posts something about their promotion . . . and you just got CANNED . . . it can make you jealous, which makes you stressed. The same thing can happen from reading too many celebrity gossip sites.





--That doesn't mean you should quit Facebook altogether. Just pay attention to how it makes you feel, and if it starts stressing you out, don't log on so much.







#4.) The Light in Your Bathroom. How you see yourself first thing in the morning . . . and before you go to bed at night . . . can affect your self-esteem, which can affect your stress level.





--Regular fluorescent lights tend to make more wrinkles and blemishes show up. But you can buy compact fluorescent bulbs that have the same color temperature as the old-style incandescent bulbs . . . which is best for most people.





(Woman's Day)

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