Laugh more – Your immune system will function better with a small dose of laughter therapy. “Laughing like crazy reduces stress hormones,” says Health.com.
Lose the tech (just for an instant) – You won’t miss it. Exhausting cell phone alerts and constant messages compete for your attention and contribute to unneeded stress. Why not turn off your gadgets during a get together? The only thing you’ll miss is the stress.
Turn up the volume – to your favourite music, that is! Research done at the University of Maryland found that listening to music you enjoy relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow, calming you and contributing to a healthy heart.
Exercise – incorporate any type of physical exercise into your busy schedule! Go for a run, shovel snow or take the kids skiing! All of these activities will get your heart pumping and your endorphins kicking to give you a mood boost for up to 12 hours.
Slow down – Don’t take on more than you can handle. It’s perfectly fine to say no to certain projects. You will avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed in the process. Stick to your schedule and don’t overbook!
Time for a mini vacation – Even four or five days off from work can lower your stress levels dramatically. You can opt-in for a relaxing staycation or book in advance a real getaway!
Treat yourself – It’s the little pleasures that get us through the everyday grind. Remind yourself that you deserve to lead a happy life and enjoy yourself on a regular basis, whether it be getting a massage, making plans for the weekend, or indulging in your favourite foods! Doing little things that make you happy is a good way to boost your self-esteem as well as your general mood. This in turn has a positive effect on your mental health.
Book an appointment – Be well. See how a chiropractor, massage therapist, or naturopathic doctor can be helpful for you, visit us, The Madison Clinic, located at 4950 Yonge St. North York, or contact us, at 416-222-8235.