0 Comments December 3, 2016DIY Naturally

1. Just Breathe!

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It may not be what yo    u want to hear in times of high anxiety, but simple breathing exercises can really help. Try slowly inhaling through your nose to the count of 5 and then exhaling out your mouth. By calming the nervous system you will focus better and feel more relaxed.

2. Get Your Essentials

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This is something we often forget in times of stress. Make sure you’re taking your multivitamin daily, and getting enough sleep. Vitamin C has been shown to help reduce the body’s physical response to stress, and Vitamin D can help lessen the effects of SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

3. Swap Your Coffee for Green Tea

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Need a caffeine boost? Try tea! Green tea has a substance called L-theanine, which promotes relaxation in your brain while improving your energy and focus.

4. Don’t Overdo It

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It is imperative that you don’t over exert yourself during the holiday season if you want to avoid high stress. There is so much to do, so make a plan and stick to it. Sticking to a routine, preparing in advance, and making lists are all ways to help make sure that you are on schedule and not rushing at the last minute. Know when to say no and when you need to take a break. You deserve it!

5. Eat Some Real Comfort Food

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Don’t look to the usual high sugar, high fat junk food for comfort. If you really want to nourish your body and be ready for stress, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water; antioxidant rich foods like blueberries, tomatoes, and squash; lean protein like salmon and albacore tuna, which are high in omega 3 fatty acids; and high B vitamin foods like almonds, green leafy vegetables, and whole grains.

 




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