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Keep Your New Year Free From Stress

By Brandi Goodman 

Stress can easily get the best of us. In this new year everyone should resolve to keep their lives as stress-free as possible. This is easier said than done, yes, but with some tips in mind you can find ways to minimize your reaction to it. 

Focus on the Positive

Constantly thinking about the negative aspects of our lives will undoubtedly leave us feeling stressed, worried, upset, and even ill. Focus on the positive at all times. Keep a journal. Instead of writing down the bad things that happened to you that day or week, take note of the good instead. You can then look back on these positive feelings anytime you're down and help yourself realize you do in fact lead a generally good life. Even something as simple as a delicious meal you enjoyed or the sun shining all day can be included.

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

Alcohol may make you loosen up at first, but it can also help you feel depressed faster if you're already feeling down. Your feelings of stress can be heightened by drinking -- and smoking as well. Limit your alcohol intake and stop smoking cigarettes so you do not start to rely on these unhealthy methods for coping.

Get More Exercise

Exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself when you're feeling stressed. It releases endorphins that can enhance your mood. It also gives you something to focus your mind on so you're less likely to worry about what's stressing you out. Aerobic exercise is the best option for this purpose. You'll work up a sweat, get your heart rate going, and melt your stress away. Go for a run. Take a cycling class. Find a local indoor pool. 

Laugh

It may seem unfeasible but a laugh really can help to eliminate your stress. No, a fake laugh at a co-worker's joke won't suffice. You need to really spend time laughing -- those deep, belly laughs that leave your sides hurting. Watch your favorite comedy that leaves you laughing every time. Watch silly cat videos that have you cracking up quickly. Spend time with a friend who always makes you bust up at the things he does or says. Laughter is the best medicine, as they say.

Keep your new year free from stress with these tips in mind. It isn't possible to completely eliminate it from our lives, but it is possible to change our reactions to it. With healthy coping mechanisms in our toolkit we can all find ways to deal with stress better in the new year.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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