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Make Stress Management Your New Year's Resolution

By Brandi Goodman

Stress can quickly cause chaos in our lives. When you're feeling stressed, you're more likely to experience poor sleep, irritability, and even illness. You may turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with these struggles. Making stress management your New Year's resolution can help you find healthier ways to cope and avoid such stress-related pitfalls throughout the year and thereafter.

Vow to Exercise When You're Feeling Tense

Muscles feeling tense and achy due to stress? Exercise! Physical activity actually releases endorphins that can help your brain trigger a feel-good response. You can release the tension built up in your neck and shoulders -- or elsewhere in your body -- and experience a lighter mood going forward. Vow to exercise in the new year any time you're feeling tense.

Swear You'll Write in a Daily Journal

Journaling is a simple stress solution that has been used for years. Maybe you remember being a teenager and writing in a diary or journal to get your feelings out. You may have stopped this practice along the road to adulthood, but that doesn't mean you can't turn back to it now. Swear you'll write in a daily journal throughout the new year to jot down your positive feelings and take note of any good that happens. Focusing on the good rather than the bad can help to change your mindset about your life.

Commit to a Social Media Hiatus When It's All Too Much

Social media is a source of stress for so many people. Perhaps you see the perfect mom always posting the perfect pictures and it makes you feel inferior. The constant negative news may weigh heavily on your mind. Your crazy Uncle could be posting often about all his conspiracy theories that you no longer want to see. When you're ever feeling overwhelmed and like it's all too much, it's time to commit to a social media hiatus and take the time away from your device. Your mental health will thank you.

Join a Support Group When You Need Guidance

One major source of stress could be your downfall. Join a support group in the new year that offers assistance in dealing with this stressor in your life. Speaking with other people who understand can really help you process your feelings and let you know you're not alone in the situation. Say an illness has taken over you or a loved one. A support group where others are also experiencing this disease can help you cope.

Do what you can to limit your stress now. Make it your New Year's resolution to find healthy coping techniques to deal with any stress that comes your way. This can help you to find better solutions for dealing with the tension in your life and maintaining your physical and mental well-being.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Auburn, Calif.

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