January is a frantic time of year. We all feel the impact of New Year stress as we catch up on work, rush to make those back-to-school purchases, and recover from festive spending and indulgences. Many of us return to the daily grind after the holidays, feeling like we need another holiday! What are the best ways to cope with stress and worry during this busy time?

Practise Gratitude

Instead of focusing on the things that are stressing you out, focus on the things you’re grateful for and excited about in the year to come. This will help to replace your negative emotions with positive ones, and put a smile on your face.

Breathe & Meditate

Spend some quiet time every day practising deep breathing, clearing your mind and focusing on the present moment. This is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress, lower your blood pressure and regulate your heart rate.

Get Moving

Exercise is an excellent stress reliever. If the thought of a crowded gym stresses you out (January is peak time after all, as more people strive to start those fitness resolutions), do something more casual like jogging or cycling. Stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and after just 20 minutes or so you’ll feel that stress melt away.

Avoid Stimulants

We’re all reaching for those double-shot cappuccinos and extra-strength espressos to get us through the January slog – but your daily coffee could be doing you more harm than good. Cut down on caffeine, and you’ll feel less jittery and high-strung. This is also a good time of year to cut back on alcohol, which is dehydrating, often high in sugar, and likely to make you feel more anxious and off-balance.

Connect with your Loved Ones

Okay, so you might be feeling like you need a break from your family after all the holiday get-togethers, but staying connected to your loved ones is important. Having a chat with a close friend or family member can make you feel less overwhelmed and stressed. A problem shared is a problem halved, whether you’re looking for solutions or just wanting to vent a bit.

New Year stress is a reality, but with a few healthy habits, you can manage your stress levels and have a happy, productive January.

Sources

8 Mindful Things You can do to Combat Anxiety in the New Year. Retrieved from: https://www.phillyvoice.com/8-mindful-things-you-can-do-to-combat-anxiety-in-the-new-year/

Written by LifeAssist