Monday, October 27, 2008

5 steps to de-stress your life

The holidays are fast approaching which means extra stress is also just around the corner. If you are a person who is easily stressed out, follow the 5 steps below to instantly de-stress your life and your holiday season.
  1. Exercise: walk, jog or go to the gym for 30 min. 4 to 5 times a week. This small amount of exercise will give you more energy throughout the day and help you maintain your weight throughout the holiday season.
  2. Get Enough Sleep: yes...even you should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night! A restful night sleep will not only give you more energy and make you less irritable, it is also proven to help regulate your metabolism...which we know the affect that can have on our weight!
  3. Learn to Say "NO": have you built up resentment because of your inability to say "no" to everything that comes your way? Face it, you can't do it all! Start saying "no" to small things and then work up to the bigger things.
  4. Take Time for Yourself: you are a busy professional, soccer mom, wife, chef, maid and taxi deserve a little time for yourself! Block out a 15 to 20 min period, when the kids are in bed, just for you. Take a bath, read, flip through a favorite magazine or cookbook. These activities will instantly de-stress you after a long day.
  5. Utilize a Support System: if you start to feel overwhelmed or on the verge of a meltdown, contact a friend or family member to ask for help or just to talk. Sometimes all you need is another person's perspective on the situation to calm you down and get you back on track.
Don't wait for the holiday's...integrate one or more of these de-stressing ideas into your daily routine today and enjoy the stress-free week ahead.

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Anonymous elizabeth said...

Great ideas. Thank you.

October 27, 2008 at 10:17 PM  

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