5 Ways to Relieve Stress in the New Year
Posted on December 27, 2016
Even though the holidays are over,
holiday stress can still linger. Spending time with family and dealing with
holiday chaos is taxing. Finding the time to relax seems impossible.
High levels of stress cause high
blood pressure and a weakened immune system.
Over long periods of time, stress leads to anxiety and depression.
But have no fear, Alert1 has stress
relief tips that will improve your well-being. Relieving stress improves your
memory, focus, and brain function. Take the time to conquer your stress while
improving your physical and mental health.
Start your New Year off right with Alert1’s
five tips for stress relief.
Go for a Walk
Get your legs moving and take in some
fresh air. Sunshine and exercise are proven to reduce stress.
A daily dose of sunshine boosts
your vitamin D intake. Vitamin D stabilizes your mood and decreases your risk
Exercise increases the amount of norepinephrine,
a chemical produced in your brain. Increased amounts of norepinephrine enhance
the brain’s ability to deal with stress. So get out there and walk that stress
Make a Healthy Snack
Instead of making stress worse by
eating junk food, replenish your energy with a healthy snack.
Increased levels of snacking occur
when you’re stressed. And junk food will only make you feel worse. Make sure you
have a variety of healthy snacks close by when you are starting to feel
There are plenty of healthy snacks
out there, but here are some of Alert1’s favorite super foods that help relieve
- Green leafy vegetables
- Turkey breast
- Dark chocolate
Try our favorite on-the-go snack:
homemade trail mix. Include as many superfoods as possible. Our favorite
combination is almonds, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, and dark
chocolate M&Ms. Feel free to add
whatever your heart desires!
If trail mix doesn’t fit your
taste, enjoy a mixed greens salad. Pour
on your favorite dressing, throw in a bit of leftover salmon or chicken, and
you are done. It is easy and delicious. Need
more inspiration? You can check out our Hearty
One-Bowl Winter Salad Recipe.
Another favorite Alert1 snack is
fruit smoothies. We make ours with
frozen strawberries, bananas, and mangos.
For an extra health boost put in spinach, kale, or carrots to balance
out the sweet fruits. The possibilities are endless.
Take a Break
Sometimes you just need to stop and
take a breather to relieve stress. Take deep breaths the next time you feel
Deep breathing allows for your body
to absorb more oxygen. This increased
amount of oxygen calms your brain and lowers your blood pressure.
Practice 20 minutes of deep
breathing to feel more connected to your body.
This connection and a slower heart rate will silence the worries
clouding your mind.
If deep breathing isn’t your style,
sit down and read a book instead. Six
minutes of reading in a quiet place will slow your heartrate and relax your
muscles. Reading occupies your mind and shifts your focus away from the
everyday stresses of life.
Instead of trying to relive your
mounting stress, why not prevent it in the first place?
Stressing about our loved ones’
safety is a concern everyone shares. We all want those closest to us to be
happy and healthy, but we know that life sometimes throws curveballs at
us. Worrying about the ones we care
about most in life is part of being human.
Medical alert systems reduce these
fears about out loved one’s safety and provide support when we can’t be there. With
Alert1 products, getting help is as simple as pushing a button. Your loved ones will receive assistance from the
Alert1 Command Center and help will be sent as soon as possible. Some of our support products include:
Medical alert devices ensure that
your loved ones are well taken care of at all times. With an average 22 second response time, you
will rest assured knowing that your loved ones are in safe hands.
Talk to a Friend
Sometimes the best way to relieve
your stress is to talk about it with a friend.
No one is perfect and we all have
inner struggles and worries. These worries all too often prevent us from having
the energy to keep in touch with our friends.
This solitude can cause more stress and anxiety.
Sharing worries, fears, or
disappointments with a close friend is therapeutic. Talking with others is
comforting because it is a reminder that we all face stress and fear. Reaching
out can be as simple as making a phone call or sending a text message.
Reduce Stress and Enjoy Life
Stress has a way of sneaking up on
us at the worst times. We cannot control when stress comes, but we can control
how it affects us. Remember these stress relief techniques to conquer your
daily worries. Take a walk with a friend and a deep breath the next time stress
hits. Stress relief is not only important for feeling good, but also will keep
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