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 Ears

Yes 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 Slower

Talking 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.


Learn How to Say No

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!
Do it quickly but politely and others will respect your honesty. The more you do it the easier it gets. 

Cry

Sometimes we just need a good cry. Somethings building up inside but we cannot find the appropriate release for it (and killing the neighbor or the boss is not a recommended way to go). Seldom is the timing right, either we are at work or in a social situation and by the time we have five minutes alone the feeling has passed. Watch a sad video clip or particularly moving movie to force your emotions back to the surface. There is nothing that releases stress more efficiently than a good old-fashioned sobbing session.


Laugh

Daily laughter reduces stress substantially and it’s fun. Unlike crying you can do it in public and not care who sees you. Whether you like to watch ‘Live at the Apollo’, late night talk shows or make up silly songs with your kids, use whatever works for you. Make a conscious effort to include some laughter in your daily schedule. Laughter is easy when you’re feeling happy but not so when you’re feeling blue. The trick is to practice laughing because you’ve decided to and not because there’s anything particularly funny happening. Once you start, it’s easy to continue. Laughter really is contagious!