How to Reduce Stress This Spring
Many people look forward to spring. After a cold winter, it’s inviting to enjoy longer days and warmer temperatures. However, it’s easy to overlook everyday stressors of the season. Holiday debts are showing up on the credit card statement. Taxes are due. Spring break means you may have a house full of kids. As spring rolls in, here are a few tips for reducing the stress that can help you truly enjoy this season of renewal.
Start the Day with a Healthful Breakfast
You are what you eat. Over half of Americans skip breakfast once per week, and more than ten percent never have it at all. While it may save a little time initially, you will miss these few benefits throughout the day such as:
- Blood sugar regulation
- Jumpstart to your metabolism
- Increased energy levels
- Neurological stimulation
- Promotion of a healthy heart
Make it a goal this spring to always make time for something healthful to eat at the beginning of each day for maximum energy and endurance.
Make Time for Spring Cleaning
We’ve all heard of spring cleaning. With the renewal of the season, many of us choose to use this time to refresh our living spaces. It makes sense. The yucky winter months drag in all sorts of dirt and grime. Now’s the time you can open the windows, aerate the home, and apply finishing touches to get everything looking and smelling fresh.
During your spring cleaning, take some time to remove clutter you don’t use. Just looking around at the extra space will help reduce stress.
Get Some Exercise
Even if it’s only for a half hour per day, exercise is a great way to boost your mood, increase energy levels, and enjoy a more restful sleep. If you have cardiovascular issues or other health problems, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor to determine the level of physical activity that’s safe for you.
Take a Moment to Breathe
Mindful deep breathing can lower your heart rate and reduce stress. After you’re done exercising, this can be a great time to go somewhere private and spend ten minutes focusing on your breath and allowing yourself some time to let go all your worries.
Spring is a time for renewal. You can use these helpful tips to reduce your stress levels and truly enjoy the season.
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