Eliminating stress is impossible. Stress is necessary and can be positive. It is the motivator to help us get things done. We just need to know tips to help reduce it. With the season of stress approaching, here are few quick ways to make your day brighter and help you take a moment to be grateful for all you have.

1) Put yourself in a Time-Out: Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths focusing on the inhalation, exhalation and nothing else besides relaxing your body.

2) Stop checking your gadgets and enjoy dinner without your email, texts and phone interrupting your time with the people you love. Those individuals tied to their devices have been shown to have higher anxiety and depression than those who take conscious time to separate from the noise.

3) Avoid sugar and the mood swings that come with it.

4) Take an hour out of your month to set goals and decide what YOU want from life. Do not let others determine your path. The most successful people have both written and verbal goals.

5) Take time to enjoy some form of physical activity every day. Your body was made to move and activity has been shown repeatedly to reduce stress and improve one’s happiness. Activity can simply be walking your dog or participating in an exercise class.

Remember that your current crisis is not a lifestyle and will soon pass. It is important in times of high stress to remember and implement the tips above. Keep things simple this holiday season and focus on experiences. Do not forget to do things you enjoy and surround yourself with the people you love versus things.

  • “Life is 10% what happens to YOU and 90% how you respond to it.” – Charles Swindoll

by Melanie Dockter, DC, CACCP