Excess stress at any time of year is never welcome. And when it does come, it is frequently linked to feeling like we are losing control. – But whatever the reason, whenever we get into the stress groove, it drives our bodies to release stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which over the long-term, can be highly damaging. So let’s look at some workable ways to avoid it ruining our health and well-being in 2020.
Be true to yourself, and get used to politely and assertively just saying “No,” when you need to. You are not obliged to meet everyone’s demands and requirements, especially at the expense of your own mental health.
Quit smoking! Be mindful of the proven fact that nicotine is a stimulant which gives you temporary relief from the stress cycle, followed by an unrelenting wave of more stress, until you light up yet again, and repeat the same negative pattern.
Ensure that you do some form of exercise every day, even if it is just taking a 20 minute walk when the sun is out, or spending 10 minutes twice a day on a stationary bike while you are reading, or on the phone. You could also join an aerobics class: Aerobic exercise has been shown to release endorphins (natural substances that help you feel better and maintain a positive attitude), just what you need! So check out your local gyms, and you may find that they also offer spa facilities such as steam and sauna. – De-stressing without exercising!
Look up a simple relaxation technique such as meditation or deep breathing, and practice it at least once a day. Combine opposites; a time for deep relaxation and a time for aerobic exercise is a sure way to protect your body from the effects of stress.
Manage and cut out your stress by sitting down down quietly, and writing a list of all your stressors, be they at work, at home, and so on. Many people find that life is filled with too many demands and too little time. For the most part, these demands are ones we have chosen. Effective time-management skills involve asking for help when appropriate, setting priorities, pacing yourself, and taking time out for yourself.
De-Stressing Methods to Make Your New Year Fabulous
There are a number of ways that can help you reduce your stress stores, and relax. These include: meditation; progressive muscle relaxation; biofeedback; relaxing to the type of music you love; mindfulness; mental imagery relaxation; deep breathing exercises, and counseling in order to help you recognize and release stress.