Let’s admit it, as much as we love the holidays, they can be a stressful! Nothing quite challenges our healthy lifestyle like this time of year; we are constantly trying to balance it all: buying the perfect gifts while maintaining a budget, making everyones favorite dishes while trying to eat healthy, and working overtime to complete finals or projects, while also trying to spend time with family and friends. It can be a lot! Now more then ever, we are tempted to stress snack. Which can lead to unhealthiness, which can lead to guilt, which can lead more stress and so on!
Remember, it is all a balance and you can only do your best. But here are some tips to beat stress snacking (most of them eliminate stress in the first place – because sometimes the best treatment is prevention!)
- Exercise. I know you’re thinking, “when do I have the time?!” But trust me, you will thank yourself for making the time. Go for a walk, turn on some music, and just get moving.
- Drink Something Warm. Holding a warm mug will help you decompress, curb your appetite, and hydrate you. Triple threat!
- Breathe. Simple yet, effective. Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, and exhale for 5 seconds. This relaxes you and boosts oxygen to your brain so you can make clear decisions.
- Take Ten. 10 minutes just for you. Set a timer and shelf whatever stresses you have for 10 minutes.
- Reach for Magnesium Rich Foods. Think leafy greens, nuts, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, and pumpkin seeds.
- And when in doubt remember, JUST SAY NO to stress snacking.
Have you ever had one of those hectic days? Where everything is just flying at you a mile a minute? Or you’re so stressed, you have trouble falling asleep? Well, guess what: the answer is in your breath.
Some of you may have experienced the calming effects of focusing on your breath during yoga. It is a simple technique that can be used anytime, anywhere – not just on the yoga mat – to bust stress!
Here is how:
Sit in a quiet place you feel comfortable, roll your shoulders back and straighten your spine.
Deeply inhale and hold it for a few seconds.
Take your right thumb and press it to your right nostril, close it completely and exhale through the left.
Pause and inhale through your left nostril.
Use your ring and middle finger to close your left nostril and exhale through the right before pausing and breathing in again through the right.
Continue to alternate sides, making sure to pause for couple seconds at the top and bottom of each breath. Each breath you take should be long and full. Continue alternating nostril breathing for at least 5 minutes. If you want to aim for a deeper sense of relaxation, you can do it for up to 10 minutes.
Now, if you’re nose it so congested due to allergies that you cannot do this exercise, well then, that’s another conversation.
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Meditation is incredibly beneficial for lowering stress levels, decreasing anxiety and creating an overall sense of well-being. Unfortunately, many of those new to meditation get frustrated in the process easily and quickly lose interest. Read this informative article to learn how to overcome these hurdles and make meditation part of your wellness regime.