Don't distress - de-stress

The New Year, for many people, is a symbolic clean slate – an opportunity to take stock of their lives, and to make healthy resolutions for the year to come.
Reflecting on the year we've just had is a great way to draw a line under the bad times while remembering the good. For many of us, hectic, fast-paced modern living also means now's the time to de-stress.

Heart felt concerns
Worries about work, family, money and health mean that stress has become accepted as part and parcel of modern life. In fact, recent studies indicate that nearly a third of Europeans complain about work-related stress.
That's a concern, as stress can have negative effects on our health and well-being. It can cause us to be angry, frustrated, exhausted, anxious and depressed, which studies have shown can increase the risk of heart disease. It can also trigger smoking and excessive drinking, which carry a serious heart disease risk.

Anti stress allie
Fortunately, help is at hand. One of the best ways to de-stress is to exercise more. Physical activity is a great way of releasing endorphins, the body's own natural 'happy pill'. Recovering a healthy work-life balance is also important – and a big part of that is to learn to say 'no' to an overloaded timetable.
Relaxation and sleep are vital too, as is eating a healthy, well-balanced diet: a good intake of essential nutrients can increase the body's defences against stress.
And it may be a British cliché, but a good cup of tea and a sit down is another stress-buster, giving you a chance to relax and reflect on the day.
Anyone for a brew? hehe...(source:healthy news)

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