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My life has a lot of baseline stress, and the past few years have seen a lot more stresses piled on top of that. My solution has been to "prescribe" myself 10 minutes a day resting with my feet up. Even just a few minutes helps lower my stress levels.
Cabot makes a 75% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese that a nutritionist told me about. It tastes delicious and only has 60 calories per ounce. I like to slice it thin and enjoy it with fruit or nuts. Makes a filling snack with plenty of protein that won't cause me to go over my range.
I have several sets of measuring cups around. I keep a 1/2 C measure right in the bag of frozen blueberries I get at BJ's. I do this with granola, too (1/4 C ). Saves time and I'm less likely to overdo the portion size if the scoop is right there.
If the service is excellent in a restaurant, call the manager over to compliment the server. If you admire someone's clothing, hairstyle, etc., say so! It makes everyone feel good and you never know when you will get another chance.
I LOVE my $9 rice cooker from Target! Besides cooking PERFECT brown rice, I also use it to cook lentils, barley, and other grains. Add in frozen veggies and seasonings when the rice is almost done and have a yummy meal all in one pot.
Before I head to the check out, I've learned to ask myself re: everything I'm planning to purchase: "Do I really need this?" If not, put it back! "Do I really need this TODAY?" If I don't need it until next week, don't spend the money until I have to. Asking these questions helps me be more mindful about spending.
I say "thank you" countless times during the day. Even if someone is "just doing their job" I like to let them know I appreciate it. This is such a habit now that I don't even think about it. I look for something to appreciate and try to find the positive "spin".
I have color coded pop-up laundry hampers for my kids clothing. A red one for reds (& pinks), black for dark colors, and white for whites (and towels). Saves time on laundry day because everything is already sorted! Just grab the hampers and go.