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7 Easy Ways to Cool It, For Real

By Sandy Schroeder

At this time of the year it’s hard to find many calm, relaxed souls, but it’s worth a try to be one of them. Your body will benefit from the drop in stress, and your mind may function better as you gather your wits.

If you are juggling family, work and holidays, you may be a little skeptical of easy ways to cool it, but here are a few tips from Lifehack.

Relax your grip – The more things that I try to accomplish the tighter my grip becomes. Stress builds, and I often wind up exhausted with a headache. I have found stepping back and loosening my grip actually works. Everything manages to get done, and I am not wiped out.

Breathe to decompress – As you scurry through your day, try this breathing routine to ease tension.

  • Inhale, taking five deep breaths as your belly rises each time you exhale
  • Watch your tension float away each time you exhale
  • Grin or giggle! Who can be stressed when they are laughing?
  • Repeat every time you tense up.

Soothe yourself – As you breathe and relax, do a body scan. See if your shoulders are hunched, your arms are tense, your neck is rigid. Gently touch your arms, wiggle your shoulders, spread your fingers as you let your whole body relax. If it works for you, imagine walking in the park, relaxing by the water, or soaking in the tub.

Ease up at as you eat– Dine with family or friends and savor your food. Hide all of the electronics, and just enjoy talking with others, instead of gobbling your food in front of the TV or computer. When you chew slowly, you pre-digest your food, often eat less, and avoid indigestion.

Enjoy the ride – Everything we do for ourselves and others can become a burden, or a blessing, depending on our viewpoint. If you move at an even pace, and relax with a few pauses you may enjoy the whole process, instead of collapsing in a heap at the end of the day.

Get a better perspective – When tension builds and you are ready to scream, ask yourself will this really matter?

  • Tomorrow?
  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?

If it really won’t matter, then grin and bear it as you get it done, but don’t let it weigh you down.

Practice patience – As you tap your toe, or drum your fingers, waiting in line, and counting all of the things that are left to do, stop and slow way down. Test yourself every day. It won’t always work, but when it does, you, your body, and everyone around you, may be happier. Enjoy the moment! 

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

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