Do we create our own stress by having high expectations? Follow these “peace of mind” tips to help re-frame your reaction and live life with less stress. References for these peace of mind tips are at the end of this post.

After someone says something that causes you to become defensive, take deep breathes to let the emotion pass before responding.

When dealing with stress, try to re-frame your perspective – remember, your reaction is under YOUR control.

Set your goals on what is best for YOU – not by what other people think is important.

If you have a tendency not to finish projects you start, figure out why you stop – then be realistic next time.

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