5 Ways to Relieve Stress in the New Year

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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

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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 of depression.

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 away!

Make a Healthy Snack

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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 stressed out.

There are plenty of healthy snacks out there, but here are some of Alert1’s favorite super foods that help relieve stress:

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Turkey breast
  • Salmon
  • Blueberries
  • Pistachios
  • Avocado
  • 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

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Sometimes you just need to stop and take a breather to relieve stress. Take deep breaths the next time you feel anxious.

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.

Plan Ahead

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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

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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

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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 you healthy.