10 ways to keep calm, cool and collected

If like many others you’ve resolved to de-stress your body and mind in 2019, take a deep breath, and count to 10 (tips) for how to help make your resolution a reality.

Put your body in motion. Physical activity is one of the most important ways to keep stress away by clearing your head and lifting your spirits. Physical activity also increases endorphin levels — the natural “feel-good” chemicals in the body that leave you with a naturally happy feeling.

Fuel up. Start your day with a full tank. Eating breakfast will give you the energy you need to tackle the day. Eating regular meals and taking time to enjoy them will make you feel better, too. Fuel up with fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains. These will give you the power you need to make it through those hectic days.

LOL. Some say that laughter is the best medicine, and in many cases, it is. Did you know that it takes 15 facial muscles to laugh? Lots of laughing can make you feel good, and that good feeling can stay with you even after the laughter stops.

Spill to someone you trust. Instead of keeping your feelings bottled up inside, talk to someone you trust or respect about what’s bothering you. Talking out your problems and seeing them from a different view might help you figure out ways to deal with them. You don’t have to go it alone.

Take time for yourself. Pick a comfy spot to sit and read. Listen to your favorite music. Work on a relaxing project like putting together a puzzle or making jewelry. Finding time to relax after (and sometimes during) a hectic day or week can make all the difference.

Catch some zzzzz… Fatigue is a best friend to stress. When you don’t get enough sleep, it’s hard to deal — you may feel tired, cranky, or you may have trouble thinking clearly. When you’re overtired, a problem may seem much bigger than it actually is.

Keep a journal. If you’re having one of those crazy days when nothing goes right, it’s a good idea to write things down in a journal — how you feel, what’s going on in your life, and things you’d like to accomplish.

Spend time with your friends. Being with people you like is always a good way to ditch your stress. Friends can help you work through your problems and let you see the brighter side of things.

Get it together. Too much to do, but not enough time? Feeling over-whelmed or discombobulated? Being unprepared can make for a very stressful day. Getting everything done can be a challenge, but planning and being organized helps.

Lend a hand. Get  involved in an activity that helps others. It’s almost impossible to feel stressed out when you’re helping someone else.

Source: adapted from information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov).

Categories: Mind and Body