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Three Tips To Combat Stress – Perfect for the holidays!

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Earlier this year, The Huffington Post featured an interesting article about dealing with stress, and we’d like to share a number of their tips on ‘de-stressing’ with you. These tips are useful any time of the year, but especially during the – sometimes – stressful holiday season!

1. Music, Maestro!
According to TV’s Dr. Oz, research shows that listening to 30 minutes of music, especially classical music, produces the equivalent calming effect of taking 10 milligrams of Valium. So just five minutes of music should help you to de-stress. Whatever your genre, put on some music every chance you get — while cooking, driving or cleaning the house — and enjoy! Even a five-minute music break can help you recharge.

2. Orange You Glad!
A German study in Psychopharmacology found that vitamin C helps reduce stress and return blood pressure to normal levels after a stressful situation. And since oranges last a long time in the refrigerator, you can always have one on hand. Other stress-reducing foods include nuts (especially almonds, pistachios, and walnuts), avocado, oatmeal and salmon. Mindfully managing your own well-being with foods that support good health can help keep you from feeling overwhelmed!

3. Move!
We all know that exercise makes us healthier. But finding time for hour-long workout sessions eludes many caregivers. The good news is that recent evidence suggests that accumulations of short sessions of physical activity may provide as much protection as one longer, continuous session. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends to “accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week,” but “even five minutes of activity can calm you and start to get the kinks out.”

For the entire article, please see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

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