Was 2019 a little more stressful than you would have preferred? With the right goals and mindset, you can prepare yourself for a year with reduced stress overall. We have compiled a list of five New Year’s resolutions that can help you to reduce your stress and live an overall happier, if not healthier, lifestyle. Read on for more information!
1. Engage in Regular Hydrotherapy
Did you know that soaking in a hot tub can help to reduce your stress levels? Spending time in a hot tub can reduce your stress in a number of effective ways, the first being ongoing relaxation. Having a hot tub installed into your home or outdoor space provides you with convenient access to soothing waters. Whether you prefer to soak alone or with a loved one, the warm jet-driven water can target some of the most stress-prone areas of your body, helping to release physical tension.
Having time to simply relax is stress relieving in itself, not to mention when other perks are factored in, such as spending time with loved ones, listening to music, reading a book, or simply indulging in the sounds of nature and fresh air. If you’re looking to reduce stress in 2020, we suggest soaking in your hot tub three to five times a week for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes.
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2. Commit to Exercise You Enjoy
Regular exercise has been proven to help combat and reduce levels of stress. What’s important is that you set yourself up for success, which means finding an activity that you genuinely enjoy. Here is a list of ideas to help you get started:
- Joining a gym
- Yoga or hot yoga
- Walking, jogging, and running
Have you considered exercising in your hot tub? The buoyancy can help to lift pressure from sore muscles and joints, resulting in a low-impact workout perfect for those who are recovering from a physical injury or suffering from a condition, such as arthritis. Another amazing aspect of working out in a hot tub is the added resistance that the water provides, resulting in what many claims is a more effective workout than on dry land.
3. Improve Your Sleep Patterns
Sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. If you’re feeling particularly stressed, take a closer look at your sleep patterns. If you are going to bed at inconsistent times and not sleeping for eight hours, you may want to make some changes to improve your sleep patterns.
The first change is to plan a bedtime routine and then stick to the schedule. This routine could include a combination of relaxing in a hot tub, having a soothing bath, using essential oils, reading a book, changing into comfortable sleepwear, and even using a noise machine to coax you to sleep. Once you have found what works for you, include it in your bedtime routine every night.
The second change is to engage in physical activity throughout the week. Between the energy that it can burn off and the boost in the production of natural endorphins, you may find that it’s easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
The last change you may want to make pertains to your sleep environment: the bedroom. Keep your bedroom slightly colder than the rest of the house. Invest in quality sheets, pillows, and even a more comfortable mattress if you feel that it will help you sleep better. Some find that a fan of essential oil diffuser helps them to sleep, while others prefer blackout curtains and/or a white noise machine.
4. Unplug for an Hour a Day
Spending too much time on a mobile device or behind a screen can most definitely have an impact on your mental health. Reduce stress and prevent it from returning by committing to an hour a day of no screen time. During the time in which you unplug, you can make way for healthier activities.
You may want to consider the following:
- Going for a walk, jog, or hike
- Spending time with family or friends
- Soaking in the hot tub
- Reading a book or journaling
- Playing an instrument or learning to play
- Spending time with your pets
The next time you want to unplug, put your mobile device on silent and plug it into the charger. Put on your bathing suit and head outside to soak in your hot tub with a friend. Bring drinks, snacks, and the ultimate hot tub playlist for an hour or more of unplugged fun!
5. Be One with Nature
Stress can be linked to many things, responsibilities, and commitments. Whether it’s school, work, children, money, or your social life, it’s easier than ever before to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Take some time to reduce your stress by becoming one with nature in a way that speaks to you. Whether you enjoy going for a hike with your camera, taking photos of your beautiful surroundings, or doing yoga on a bright sunny day. Becoming one with nature can help you to focus on your breathing and take a step back from your more stressful surroundings.
Challenge yourself to get outside for at least one hour a week. From there, you may want to get outside more than one day a week and for longer periods of time. For an added bonus, bring a pet or friend with you to share the joy.
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