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How to Make 2018 Stress-Free

By Sandy Schroeder

As we think of all of the things we want to do in 2018, removing stress may be one of the most important. If you carry your share of stress every day, you know how much of a physical and mental weight it can be. Imagine what it would be like to get up every day without any clouds of stress overhead.

It could be as simple as making a point to clear stress out daily with a few simple steps.

Keep the water coming – Scientists tell us dehydration can increase the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body, accelerating tiredness, worry and irritability. Carry electrolyte-enriched water with you to stay fully hydrated and intersperse water with juices, teas, wine and coffee.

Exercise whenever you can – Schedule regular fitness routines into your day, but add extra walks, stretching routines, or jogs around the block whenever you can. Keep your weekends active, and your days moving to siphon off stress before it can accumulate. When tension builds, step outside and walk it off. If the weather slows you down, try inside squats, jumping jacks and strength training, yoga, or tai chi.

Roll stress away – A soothing massage is great, but do-it-yourself foam rollers and massage balls may be the way to soothe irritated muscles wherever you are. These tools are available online or at local sporting good stores. Use them to roll out the hips, back and legs, concentrating on the tightest spots. Carry them with if you travel a lot.

Reach out to others – In a busy world it’s easy to just focus on an inner circle of family, friends and co-workers, but why not reach out to help others, too? Making time to help people in your community, seniors who may be shut-ins, or animal centers that always need help, could help you appreciate what you have and reduce stress.

Focus your breath – In 90 seconds your breath can ease you into the moment. When your head hurts and your brain will not stop spinning, step outside or close the door and just breathe. Make each breath a little longer, and let all of that stress go as you exhale. Breathing may be the most portable stress weapon we have. Wherever you are, at work, at home, in the airport, or out on the road, use your breath to relax your body and make the stress go away.

Whatever stress weapon works for you, use it every day and find out how much better you can feel.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in League City, Tex.

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