Wink’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 - Reduce Stress
The New Year is here and with the arrival of 2017 comes the chance to reevaluate your goals, prioritize your time and make some resolutions (yet again)!
Unfortunately, as we all know from experience, the making of the resolution and the achieving of it are two completely different things; “I’ll start next week, when I have some spare time, when the moon turns pink, when I wake up next to David Beckham”.
We have compiled a list of Wink’s top five resolutions for 2017 and included the pitfalls to avoid and some tips to help ensure your success.
1. Get in Shape
2. Eat Healthier
3. Reduce Stress
4. Get Organized
5. Get Happy
3. Reduce Stress
Stress is a symptom of our modern, hectic lifestyles. Not only is it detrimental to your health but it can be destructive to your relationships. We all know the usual recommendations of dealing with stress; count to ten, go for a walk, meditate, have a hot bath, watch puppies play (does anyone really do that?). Here are some less conventional but easy to adopt tricks for reducing your stress.
Massage your EarsYes it sounds strange but massaging your ears is proven to reduce stress. It’s simple, effective, only takes a few minutes and you can do it anytime, anywhere. Gently rub your earlobes with your thumb and index finger and then massage the outer edges of your ears from top to bottom and back again. Touching these points on your ears relaxes your body and clears your mind.
Talk SlowerTalking fast makes your body tense up and your breathing shallow. Be aware of the speed you are talking at and the next time you’re having a conversation try to focus on the content of the moment rather than rushing onto the next subject. Once you start to practice this you will find that your conversations become more focused and peaceful and you will enjoy the interaction as opposed to getting stressed by it.
We’ve all been caught in the trap, we say yes to an invitation or a request while our gut screams “No!” If in the moment you’re feeling uncomfortable and have no excuse ready to pull out the bag, just say, “I’ll have to get back to you.” This gives you time to think about it, make a decision and come up with an excuse. If you know immediately that you do not want to say yes, say no!
Learn How to Say No
Do it quickly but politely and others will respect your honesty. The more you do it the easier it gets.