people look forward to spring. After a cold winter, it’s inviting to
enjoy longer days and warmer temperatures. However, it’s easy to
overlook common stressors of the season. Holiday debts are starting
to show up on the credit card statement. Taxes are due. Spring break
means you’ll have a house full of kids. There are a number of reasons
why you may find yourself frazzled.
Everyone deserves to feel happy and refreshed as you say goodbye to yet another winter season. As spring rolls in, there are a few tips for reducing stress that can help you truly enjoy this season of renewal.
Start the Day with a Healthful Breakfast
You are what you eat. Over half of Americans skip breakfast once per week, and more than ten percent never have it at all. While it may save a little time initially, just some of the benefits you miss out on all day include:
Blood sugar regulation
Jumpstart to the metabolism
Increased energy levels
Promotion of a healthy heart
Make it a goal this spring to always make time for something healthful to eat at the beginning of each day for maximum energy and endurance.
Make Time for Spring Cleaning
We’ve all heard of spring cleaning. With the renewal of the season, many choose to use this time to refresh their living spaces. It makes sense. The yucky winter months drag in all sorts of dirt and grime. Now’s the time you can open the windows, aerate the home, and apply finishing touches to get everything looking and smelling fresh.
During your spring cleaning, take some time to remove clutter you don’t use. Just looking around at the extra space will help reduce stress.
Get Some Exercise
Even if it’s only for a half hour per day, exercise is a great way to boost your mood, increase energy levels, and enjoy more restful sleep. If you have cardiovascular issues or other health problems, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor to determine the level of physical activity that’s safe for you.
Take a Moment to Breathe
Deep breathing can lower your heart rate and reduce stress. After you’re done exercising, this can be a great time to go somewhere private and just spend ten minutes focusing on your breath and allowing yourself some time to forcefully forget all your worries. If your community offers a Yoga class, sign up!
Spring is a time for renewal. By following these helpful tips, you can be on your way to reducing your stress levels and truly enjoying the season.