NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
TOP TIPS TO KICKSTART THE NEW DECADE STRESS FREE...AND STAY THAT WAY!
As we get stuck into 2010, reminiscing on the past year and making following through on our New Years resolutions for the year ahead, one of the promises many of us will make to ourselves is to stress less.
Juggling friends, family, career and an active lifestyle often means the weeks soon become action packed, we constantly feel time poor and sleep deprived and our stress levels begin to rise.
According to Narveen Kaur, founder of Australian eco-lifestyle & wellbeing label Daily, there are some essential and easy tips we can all follow to help beat stress and stay calm in 2010 and beyond.
Narveens Top 5 Tips to combat stress are: 1. Exercise
. It will get endorphins rushing and help manage stress levels. The aim is to find a form of exercise you enjoy and stick to it. Walking is always a good way to shed the stress of the day. Pilates, being an exercise that focuses on breathing and mindfulness of your body can be very beneficial in managing stress. Taking an hour each day to practice some form of exercise and focusing on your physical body is a great way to find a stillness of mind. 2. Have a shower
. Standing under running water and really focusing on the feel of it trickling over your skin is a wonderful stress buster that only takes a few minutes. Literally washing away all the stress of your day. Using a shower gel with a scent that you like and preferably with some aromatherapeutic benefits will increase your sense of wellbeing. 3. Take up a new interest
. Sometimes having something new to focus on, like learning a new language or finishing a crossword puzzle can give perspective. We spend so much of our day being caught up in routines and the stressfulness of living in such a fast paced world, that its rare to step outside of it. Doing so gives your mind a chance to focus on something new, and allows you to relax more. Why not get a bunch of friends together and form a sports team? Some great ideas could be a game of touch football, beach volleyball or tennis, just in time for summer. 4. Make a date with friends
. There have been many studies that show maintaining a healthy social network is good for our health. Try to make sure that you make time to hang out with friends regularly, not just keeping in contact via Facebook or email. Face to face contact nurtures our emotional health. 5. Play
. Is it any wonder that children are less stressed than grown-ups? Find your local park and jump on the swings, run through a summer rain shower or challenge a friend to your favourite board game. Trying to reconnect with childhood activities allows you to let go and youll be surprised how games can brighten up any day.
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