Are you feeling the heat from end of year stress? For me, going on holiday is difficult. I have trouble switching to relax mode and it gets harder every year. Somehow we just don’t allow ourselves to enjoy what we have been working hard for all year long. Make use of our top picks to help you ease into the new year, we will be doing them all!
You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
End of year stress can also by relentless shopping, gift wrapping, overcrowded malls, traffic, family visits and overindulgence. Try these 10 easy stress-busting techniques to get you in the mood!
Laugh Out Loud
Feeling stressed about work and family responsibilities? There are plenty of quick things you can do to reduce your tension. Throw a comedy into the DVD player, invite over some friends, and share a few good laughs. Every time you crack up, increased oxygen courses to your organs, blood flow increases, and stress evaporates. In fact, just thinking about having a good laugh is enough to lower your stress hormone levels.
Pet Your Dog or Cat
Your pet not only gives you unconditional love, but he’s also good for your health. When you pet your dog or cat even for just a few minutes, your body releases feel-good hormones like serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin. At the same time, it decreases the amount of the damaging stress hormones that are released. That can mean lower blood pressure, less anxiety, and even a boost in immunity.
Clean the Clutter
Being surrounded by too much stuff can be overwhelming and contribute to stress. It brings on anxiety when you can’t find your checkbook, your child’s homework, or the utility bill. So de-clutter to de-stress. Tackle a drawer, a shelf, or a tabletop at a time. An uncluttered space can feel satisfying and restorative. As an added plus, spring cleaning is good exercise, burning more than 250 calories an hour.
Mow the Lawn
Cutting the lawn might sound like work, but the smell of freshly mown grass actually can make you feel more relaxed. Scientists say chemicals from newly cut grass help block the release of stress hormones in the brain. Just remember to wear earplugs to drown out the mower, because too much loud noise can send your stress rate soaring again.
Drink Some Orange Juice
The tart beverage that already may be a regular part of your morning routine could help you in surprising ways. Researchers say vitamin C may help people manage their stress more effectively, in part by lowering levels of stress hormones like cortisol. As an added bonus, vitamin C-rich foods such as orange juice, grapefruit juice, strawberries, or sweet red peppers can help boost your immune system.
Sing a Song
Turn up the radio in the car or start crooning in the shower. No matter how out of tune you are, singing can make you feel happier. Choral members who were surveyed said singing put them in a better mood and made them feel less stressed. Singing also can be good for your breathing and posture, as well as your heart and immune system.
Take a Walk
Exercise is a great way to ease stress. It helps your body produce endorphins — the neurotransmitters in your brain that make you feel good. It also forces you to focus, helping you forget what’s making you anxious. Exercising in warm, sunny weather can boost your mood. And if you walk briskly for at least 30 minutes, you’ll meet daily exercise recommendations, and ramp up stress-busting benefits even more.
Chew Some Gum
Chewing gum can do more than freshen your breath. According to research, chewing a stick of gum also seems to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as improve mental performance during tasks. In one study, not only did gum chewers report they were less stressed, they were also less depressed and less likely to see a doctor for high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Take a Deep Breath
Aromatherapy isn’t just for spas. No matter where you are, taking a deep whiff of lavender or rosemary can put you into a more relaxed state. Inhaling those aromas can lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. But just the act of breathing deeply is also a stress buster. Deep breathing sends oxygen surging through your bloodstream, helping to calm your entire body.
Treat yourself to a Bellabaci Cupping Massage
Cupping massage is a great technique to relax your parasympathetic nervous system. This may help to reduce the production of stress hormones which are responsible for how you are feeling. The sensation is also extremely sedating, helping you catch up on some much-needed rest and relaxation.
FYI: A quick 10-minute Bellabaci Massage can also help treat your cellulite, pain or fluid retention will immediately relax the tissues and stimulate your feel-good hormones. Ask your partner to massage your back and place the cups there for 5 to 10 minutes for a good night’s sleep!
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