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SIMPLIFY RELAX + REFLECT Brenda Della Casa offers her advice on ways to reduce stress in your life this summer. Visit her wellness blog, Walking Barefoot, at strollwithoutshoes.com.

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SCALE IT DOWN The idea we need to ‘do it all, all of the time’ is nice in theory but the reality is you’re only one person and Superwoman is a fictional character. Instead of saying ‘yes’ to every invitation or request, keep no more than five things on your agenda at once and focus on doing those things well. MAKE TIME No good comes from running late. Not only does it leave you stressed and frazzled, it sends a message to the person waiting for you that you don’t value his/her time. Always give yourself ample time to get ready and get to your destination. If you’re going to be more than five minutes late, give the person waiting a telephone call (not a text!) CLEAN UP YOUR ACT If you have ever found yourself frantically searching for that other shoe or running late thanks to your inability to find your

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keys (again!), you know while cleanliness may not be next to Godliness, it makes getting ready (and getting things done) a whole lot easier! TOSS THINGS, PEOPLE AND IDEAS THAT NO LONGER FIT YOU Staying in a bad relationship because you’re hoping the other person will change is like holding onto your size zero jeans because you fit into them 10 summers ago when you got that horrible stomach flu. Make the decisions that best fit your life as it is right now and tailor your social network, habits, professional life and intimate relationships to fit the person you are today. CUT OUT GOSSIP You know that icky feeling you get after a catty gab session? That’s your conscience letting you know that you’ve just stirred up some bad energy. Instead of sharing every intimate detail of your neighbor’s life with

your new ‘BFF’, spend your time talking up those you admire and asking mentors for advice to get to where it is you’re aching to go. STOP COMPARING We are all unique individuals made up by our own set of life experiences, which means that we’re moving at our own pace and carrying our own talents and baggage. Instead of taking your sister’s promotion as proof you’re a failure, be inspired by her achievements and move further down your own path. ENJOY THE SIMPLE PLEASURES We live in a world obsessed with celebrity culture, and that makes it hard to enjoy the beauty in a single rose, a cool ice cream cone on a hot day and a long talk with a good friend on the front stoop. The more you show gratitude for the small wonders in your life, the more wonderful your life becomes.

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