HOW TO OVERCOME POST-CHRISTMAS STRESS

Was Christmas and the New Year stressful to you?

We all had huge expectations for spending quality time with our families. We all tried to purchase the best presents ever and hoped to get gifts from partners that would prove that they listen and care. We all tried to watch our diet even when tables were full of festive dishes.

And what about the perfect New Year’s Eve party? Was everywhere overcrowded and did friends get drunk and silly?

It doesn’t sound easy, does it?

Now this precious time is over and it’s back to our daily routine.

Let’s start 2015 calm, relaxed and open to the new opportunities and challenges that the year can offer us!

We all know that to calm down we should:

  • Count till ten.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Visualise a happy place

Do you know that your everyday lifestyle can influence the level of happiness and peace you experience?

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There are also foods that promote relaxation:

  • Nuts (especially Brazil nuts), shiitake mushrooms, tuna, cod and salmon are high in selenium and aid in lowering anxiety and depression.
  • Spinach, pumpkin seeds and halibut are high in magnesium that calms us down.
  • Dark chocolate, nuts and red meat are high in tryptophan, that helps produce the chemical serotonin which increases happiness.

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Drinking warm liquids takes us to a peaceful place and winter is great for it:

  • Hot drinks help to relieve tension and reduce stress. Try to pick drinks that are caffeine and alcohol free, otherwise they can stimulate anxiety and depression.
  • Green tea contains certain natural chemicals which are linked to reducing stress levels.
  • Classic bedtime drink, warm milk, can help to soothe your troubled mind as it contains high levels of tryptophan, responsible for producing more serotonin in your brain.
  • Avoid drinking lots of coffee or anything with too much sugar, as this will stimulate your brain and hyperactivity and make relaxing much more difficult.

Spend your evenings relaxing after busy days:

  • Soak in a bath or pool.
  • Walk your dog.
  • Listen to calm music.
  • Watch a comedy.

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These activities will release endorphins that reduce stress and let you plan yet another day.