Monday, January 26, 2015

5 Stress Relief Tips for a Healthy New Year

When it comes to keeping New Year's resolutions, it's important that the changes to your habits stick, otherwise you go back to square one, or else start going back in that direction. This returning to 'default mode' can be triggered by stress.

This would have you not only acting on autopilot, but also has negative effects on your health. So it would make sense to include stress management in a list of tips for a healthy new year Adelaide. Here are several ways you can relieve or handle stress better this year.

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1. Take a whiff. Certain scents are connected with stress relief, so use a little rock salt and a few drops of your chosen essential oils. Choose from rosemary, thyme, lavender, rose, and peppermint. Put the rock salt and essential oils in a small phial, and take a few deep breaths every time you need to calm yourself.

2. Be proactive. Instead of playing the victim, or wondering why something happened, look for solutions. Stewing about the problem rather than taking action actually can lead to you feeling more stressed.

3. Take a break. According to experts, the maximum length of time any one can work at their best is 15 minutes. Keep stress from building up by working for that long, and then taking a short break – about 5 minutes – before going back to your task

Do something mindless in that time, like looking at cute pictures or reading jokes. You can also let your imagination go and imagine a dream vacation.

4. Cuddle. A furry companion – a puppy, cat, gerbil, and so on – in your arms is a powerful form of stress relief that can also help lower your blood pressure. If you don't have a pet of your own, cuddle a friend's.

5. Munch on something. Snacks like pretzels and crackers are high in carbs, which help to release the feel-good chemical serotonin. This then helps your stress levels drop. Just be sure to watch your portions, or you may find yourself feeling stressed because of heavier weight.

Keeping these stress-reduction tips in mind is sure to help you feel less pressured and overwhelmed, making it easier for you to stick with your healthy habits for the new year Adelaide.

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