The New Year brings in a New You and a series of self promises and resolutions. You aren’t going to follow through with most of them but if you want this year to be a little less stressful, here are some tips and tricks to some SIMPLE stress relieving solutions you can apply year round!
Meditate Regularly. There are numerous benefits to meditation including stress and anxiety relief, bodily oxygen resets, and can improve your mood and focus. Here’s a quick guide on how to meditate! Meditating is easy and can be quick! Studies show that just 5 minutes is all it takes to reap the benefits of meditation. Having meditation sessions regularly can do wonders for your long-term mental/physical health. Many beginner’s of meditation start with Deep Breathing exercises. Deep breathing is a simple yet powerful relaxation technique. It’s easy to learn and can be practiced almost anywhere. Controlled breathing provides a quick way to get your stress levels reduced and manageable. Meditating regularly will help you feel like a New You everyday!
Some Cardio. Regular exercise is excellent for your long term health because it allows your body to flush out waste, blood to circulate efficiently, and stimulates glands and hormones to naturally release. Regular cardio specifically increases weight loss, stronger heart and lungs, increased bone density, reduced risk of heart disease certain cancers, relief from depression, anxiety, and stress, confidence, and better sleep. Here’s some additional information on the benefits of cardio! The guidelines published by the American College of Sports Medicine suggest 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 5 days a week, or vigorous cardio 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week. Just got to remember to stick to it!
Get a Massage Regularly. Getting a massage regularly is simple and isn’t as costly as most people think. Massages are said to have a multitude of benefits such as improvements in anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, stress-induced insomnia, pain, muscle tension and strains, sports injuries and joint pain. Professional massage therapy can also give added psychological and mental benefits as well. Massages, due to its high contact nature, can often trigger the patient’s body to produce more Oxytocin which is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for the feelings of intimacy, trust, and strengthens relationships. Dr. Paul Zak explains that interpersonal touch not only raises oxytocin but reduces cardiovascular stress and improves the immune system. Click here to learn more about different types of massages and their benefits! If you cannot afford a professional massage, there are ways to do a simple ‘self-help’ kind of massage too. Here’s a link to an in-depth look at massages you can do for yourself!
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