Of the seven steps to finding peace and contentment in a troubled world, Step Two: Reduce stress. While it may sound simplistic, take time to examine your life and reduce your exposure to sources of stress. Are you over-scheduled? Are you embroiled in relationships which are taking their toll? Is your life and your home cluttered? Simplify.

When you can’t avoid sources of stress, develop strategies to deal with the stress. Get in touch with your body. Walk 15 minutes per day, a great exercise and stress reliever. Do relaxation activities which may include yoga, Thai Chia, self-hypnosis, visualization or other mind-body relaxation exercises. Avoid unhealthy responses to stress such as self-medicating with drugs and alcohol.

Stress reduction is the second step to managing your thoughts and emotions and finding peace and contentment in a troubled world.

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