A new year means setting goals, and 2016 is no exception. As you welcome that promotion or shedding those extra pounds, however, it’s almost inevitable that new demands on your time and attention will increase. The result? You may be feeling a little additional stress even as you celebrate your success.
Stress can impact your health from your immune system to your hormones and weight, so remembering a few quick stress relievers is a worthwhile investment for a healthier 2016.
Don’t hold your breath. Stress tends to inhibit your breathing patterns, so make a conscious effort to breathe deeply. Here’s how it’s done: place one hand about an inch above your navel, and count to four as you inhale. Feel your tummy expand to be sure you’re breathing from your diaphragm rather than your chest. With increased oxygen, your body will start to relax.
Color. Think coloring books are just for kids? Think again. Adult coloring books have boomed in the past year or so after studies documented their effectiveness in reducing stress. With detailed, grown-up patterns, these gorgeous craft books are a quick and inexpensive way to de-stress anywhere you go.
Enjoy a cup of tea. Whether it’s black, green or chamomile, brewing a hot cup of tea is shown to have positive effects on the brain’s neurotransmitters. Making a cup of tea is easy to do anywhere from work to home—or pour it into a thermos for a stress-free commute.
Take it outside. One of the best ways to beat your stress? Heading outdoors. Light activity like a quick walk is known to boost your mood, and if you can’t seem to quiet your busy brain, an informative and engrossing podcast is a great alternative to music.
One of the most important resolutions you can make this year is to take care of the whole you, and that includes managing your stress levels. With a few easy tricks that won’t place additional burdens on your time, you’re well on your way to a healthier 2016.
To learn more about a new healthier you, contact Dallas Weight Loss Surgeon, Dr. Dirk Rodriguez today!