Spring is almost here and we are coming to the end of a pretty harsh winter across the country. The resolutions that had you on an upswing in January may be tapering off and getting finances back in order after the holiday season is pretty much a downer. All of these things contribute to personal stress in our lives. Spring is the time to take control!
Many of us fall victim to chronic stress. Chronic stress has been linked to many health issues, including heart disease, obesity, and depression. Spring is a great time to reset. Here are
Take a S
ocial Media Sabbatical
We all know that social media can be the biggest life suck – EVER. Excuses are used that we use it to keep up with those who live far away or whatever the excuse is of the day. Often times social media propagates negativity which adds stress. It also could be as innocent as friends sharing pictures of a lovely vacation, one you weren’t able to take. There could be pictures of children, ones you weren’t able to have. All stressors.
Try giving yourself a break. Each day you are social media free check your feelings and stress level. Try this for 4-5 days, you may be surprised. If you notice a change (and possibly your surroundings) it might be a good idea to limit yourself. Only allow about 10 minutes on every other day.
Get Some Sun
The days are starting to get longer. The best way to boost negative feelings is to get yourself moving even though all you really want to do is curl up in bed. Talk a walk outside or visit the gym. Get out and enjoy the spring weather!
Start Working Out Again
We all know exercise is good for our body. Regular exercise improves our immune system and keeps us healthier. It’s time to get your running shoes out and your bicycle ready. Spring is the perfect time to start – or restart- your workout routine.
Improve Your Sleep Routine
Adults who sleep less than 8 hours per night are more likely to report symptoms of stress. Getting enough rest is crucial. The lack of rest can affect your mood, memory, and judgment which can leave you feeling irritable and overwhelmed. Stress can make it harder to sleep which triggers even more stress. Get into a routine that trains your body to know how to wind down. Take part in relaxing activities like taking a bath or reading a book. Avoid screen time. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
When we are stressed and anxious about things that are out of our control, it helps if we start where we do have some control. Start by organizing your personal space. Cleaning is calming. A tidier home will help reduce stress.
As we shift to springtime activities, use this time for personal growth and focus on mindfulness to reduce stress. When times get tough,
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