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How to Combat Stress in the New Year

With the holiday season in full swing, there’s a good chance you’re feeling extra stress in your day-to-day life. Even after the holidays are in the past, you’ll still have stressful situations popping up every now and again.

Here are some of the best and easiest ways to combat stress in the new year:

• Take time for yourself: There’s nothing wrong with doing for other people, but you must also take time for yourself as necessary. Even if it’s only a few minutes alone in the evening to recharge, it’s important to your long-term health and well-being.

• Get more exercise: In addition to the physical health benefits, exercise is a great stress reliever. This can be as simple as walking around the block a few times or riding a stationary bike before retiring for the evening.

• Get a massage: A professional massage will treat your mind, body, and soul. When your session is complete, you’ll immediately realize that you feel better. Combine this with other relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and meditation, and you’re well on your way.

Don’t let stress overtake your life. Instead, take advantage of the ideas above. Once you find something that works, you can rely on it to keep stress to a minimum in the new year.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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