It’s a new year and for many of us, that means a fresh start. We all have our new years resolutions in place but how many of us really take the time to achieve the goals that we set forth for ourselves? It’s important that we take time for ourselves in the new year and learn different ways to destress from our everyday busy lives. Yes, we all know that stress is the leading cause of heart disease and it has been implicated in the cause of other medical and physical conditions. We’ve compiled a list of tools and products we’ve tested and feel will help you cope with stress in your daily lives.
Try some of these very simple things, like a warm bath, listening to music, or working on a hobby, can destress you from your everyday life.
Don’t fight the winter blues, instead try joining a gym, yoga class, Pilates, play a indoor sport you like, go on a long walk or hike. Any physical activity will help you reduce your stress level and you will not only sleep well but wake up having more energy.
The quickest path to center yourself is with short visualizations. Find a cozy and quite spot somewhere that makes you feel happy. Just imagine a place and focus positive thoughts that make you feel good inside. Remember to breathe.
Did you know that our moods and our foods are linked closely? Which is why when you feel down you always reach for you comfort foods. Switch to healthy foods and snacks and you will instantly improve your physical and mental health. There is also an intimate connection between our sleep quality and our appetite. By achieving quality sleep you can ensure your cravings will go down as well.
Do you feel groggy and tired in the morning? If yes, you are not getting enough sleep. A good 9 hours of sleep is an essential in staying healthy and strong and it can help you better handle stressful situations.
Laughter is known to lower levels of stress hormones, reduce inflammation in the arteries, and increase “good” HDL cholesterol. That’s right so go ahead and Laugh Out Loud!
This practice of inward-focused thought and deep breathing has been shown to reduce heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure. Meditation’s close relatives, yoga and prayer, can also relax the mind and body.
Pets oftentimes just know what’s up. Well, maybe not your goldfish. But owning a cat or dog or really any other cuddle-y friend can actually lower your blood pressure.
It is very important to take time away from technology to mentally recharge after work. We all get tempted to quickly reply to that email at 10pm, sometimes it’s better to put the phone down, sleep the laptop and commit to doing nothing like watching Netflix for an hour to unwind.
This weighted blanked we just bought and tested in our office really lovely as it gives you a warm feeling like you are getting a hug. It came in a nice clear package that you can carry in your hand and weights a comfortable 5 kgs. The outside is made of a very soft fleece and we ordered the grey color which matches just about any sofa out there. We also washed it and put it in the dryer, it is still the same softer and had no issues. We just found out they have an amazing deal on Amazon, where you can get an additonal £15 off if you order in Januaray 2020.