Crazy Crazy Crazy - that is sometimes how fast life seems to be.  There is little respite, you feel that you are just about hanging on there, and there is very little time to just 'be'.  Return from a holiday, and within no time you struggle to see the point of all the rushing before you go, and the immense game of catch up afterwards.

All of this of course has a huge impact on health  - both physical and mental, and whilst these impacts may not be apparent at first glance, over time, it will be evident for all to see.  Just like weight gain or loss, day to day we do not notice, but catch up with someone you haven't seen for a few months, and the impact is as plain as a pike staff.

There are six simple ways to help :

1. Make Your Bed - this aids mental health - as you start the day with a productive pattern of behaviour (and after all, its only plumping a couple of pillows and shaking a duvet)

2. Revel In The Good Times - it's easy to let them pass by as you sink into worry and made up outcomes of life.  Take the time to enjoy the good times, and the things you have made up are not actually that huge in reality

3. Say No Sometimes - Establishing your limits is essential, remaining in control of your time and life enables you to manage commitments, never forgetting that your own happiness and family life are probably the two greatest commitments of all

4. Try Keeping A Diary - writing the positive things, to remind you how good life can be is a huge boost, as is the power of writing down the negative things - which allows them to be released, and actually, on reflection, when you read them back, are not so significant after all

5. Make Lists In Threes - if you must keep a list, keep it manageable (I prefer to schedule everything to be done rather than having a list).  3 is manageable every day, not too daunting, and not too insignificant.

6. Set A Sleep Schedule - Aiming for a structured sleep, with a good level (7-8 hrs) not only regulates the body, but also allows body and brain time to recover.

Six simple ways to gradually reduce your stress, so if you are a little reticent to stress management, you can make these changes safely, without feeling awkward about many other techniques which may just be a step too far.

Together we can bring some Serenity to your life