To mark National Stress Awareness Day, HuffPost UK Lifestyle asked our lovely readers to tell us what makes them anxious on a day-to-day basis.
From men and messy teenagers to public transport and manners, the responses to our question were varied. Some, such as having to stand in the garden to get phone signal, made us laugh, while others were less funny. It's a sign of the times that so many of us are concerned about money and worried about making ends meet.
Here's a selection of the things that make our readers stressed.
@HuffPoLifestyle I hate when people leave a mess behind them and leave me to tidy! Always busy and never get time to myself! #LoveLifestyle
@HuffPoLifestyle Money worries make me stressed. Juggling pennies, robbing Peter to pay Paul. Shame doesnt grow on trees #LoveLifestyle #FF
Stress Free & a feeling of Wellbeing
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We'd love to know what makes you stressed. Feel free to add your own slides, Tweet us @HuffPoLifestyle with the hashtag #LoveLifestyle, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Slow It Down
"Do whatever you're doing more slowly. Slow down on purpose (not necessarily when you are at work). You can do this almost anytime - while driving, walking, reading, eating, or drinking. You might find at first slowing down drives you a bit crazy, especially if your habit is to rush through your tasks. "But when you find yourself in a hurry, ask yourself, What is all the rush about? You might find you're simply being mindless when you could be mindful. And you can enjoy this life of yours."
Start Your Day With An Intention
"When you get up, or when you arrive at work, set an intention for the day. Decide what you want to experience more of. Stick a post-it to your commuter to remind you what to pay attention to during the day. Maybe you want to see more kindness, efficiency, wisdom, inspiration, creativity, or awareness. "You always will find what you are looking for so pay attention to what that is and anchor your awareness again and again to what really matters to you."
Use Your Inner Compass
"When faced with a choice, pay attention to how you feel, notice the sensations in your body. Express yourself and live with integrity. There's no need to manipulate yourself to please someone else. Ask yourself, "Is it a yes or a no, or a yum or a yuck?" "Move toward the yums and away from the yucks. When making a choice or taking action, relinquish your need for approval from others. You are the wise one. You usually do know best. Trust yourself."
Reconnect With Your Body
"Get in the habit of asking yourself, How do I feel right now? Notice and give yourself some slow deep breaths. The body and breath anchor you to the present moment (unlike the mind which often dwells in the past or future). "Relax your body, whether sitting or standing. Feel your feet on the floor. Notice your weight and balance; relax your arms and hands. Straighten your spine. "Relax your shoulders. Relax your face, your eyes, your jaw, your forehead. Pay attention to your body and breath at least three times a day."
Take Time Out For A Time In
"Sit in silence and meditate for 20 minutes each day. (All at once or two periods of 10 minutes each.) Get your power back and "re-source" your energy. Simply sit down, close your eyes, and as you breathe through your nose gently focus on the natural sensations of your breath. "Don't try too hard. Don't worry about your thoughts. If you get distracted, refocus. Be kind to yourself. The stress will dissipate. "Don't wait for something magical to happen, instead, just do it. Come out slowly and you'll feel happier, more creative, and fulfilled."
Be Here Now
"Your life is taking place one moment at a time. So it's ideal to have your attention on this moment right now. This is where your life is. This moment, like all present moments, is when you have access to your creativity, inspiration, possibilities, even your inner wisdom and your emotions. "When you notice you are focused on or worrying about the future more often than you are paying attention to the present moment, bring your attention back to the present moment by paying attention to your body or your breath."
Make Ordinary Actions Mindful
"It's a practice that helps you to break out of your habitual responses and your 'automatic pilot.' Choose a cue, such as your phone ringing, or passing a particular road sign on your way to work, or drinking a glass of water at your desk. "Use the cue to be completely aware of what you are doing while you are doing it in a non-judgmental way. Bring your attention to the present moment, become aware of all your senses. "Mindfulness reduces stress, increases self-awareness, and makes you aware of the choices available in each moment."
Approach People, Places & Experiences With A Beginner's Mind
"Don't be a know-it-all. Instead, be present with what is actually happening instead of your ideas about it. Maintain a childlike curiosity. For example, go for a walk (without talking on your cell phone) and resist the urge to label or categorise anything. "Notice the actual colors, textures, shapes, temperature, sounds, aromas, space, light, shadows, movement and stillness as each sweetly meets your senses. "Simply experience, rather than label, this world around you. With an open mind, wisdom, inspiration, and support are found everywhere."