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7 Stress Management Tips for the New Year

Game Plan For The New Year
Yes folks, the dreaded looming year-end is here: the usual wear and tear caused by the accumulation of daily tasks, you have a number of emotionally draining meetings to attend and business proposals to take care of.

The month of December only screams for stress management tips. Holidays, family, year-end reports, resolutions, business goals, shopping, travel, employee vacations and school hours -all compete for your attention.

When stress is chronic (overstimulated), stress becomes distress!

Some sport situations produce two distinct types of negative symptoms:
• Physical (cardiacarespiratoria increased heart rate, muscle tension, and sweating)

• Mental (fear, anxiety, worry)
Stress Types

• Acute Stress – originates from the demands and pressures of the immediate past and anticipates the demands and pressures of the near future. Acute stress is stimulating and exciting in small doses, but too exhausting.
Often, those with acute stress react uncontrollably, very emotionally, and are irritable, anxious, and tense.

• Chronic Stress– occurs either through prolonged and continuous exposure to external stressors or to prolonged stress response conditions (such as in depressed subjects and in post-traumatic stress disorder).


Work stress and domestic stress on the other hand can generate more of each other. If not kept under control, stress and worry can compromise productivity, fun and health. 

With these tips you can enjoy a good New Year:

1. Create and Follow Agendas
Being trapped in agendas that are not your own is easy this time of year. Yes, end-of-the-year business matters are important and deserve focused attention; however, do not let holiday advertising, e-mail discount blasts and other expectations set your seasonal agenda. The safest antidote to holiday stress is to modify these holiday days work for the better of you. Chances are that you have to attend several commitments this month. Always have an agenda on hand to better organize yourself. If you like technology, use apps like Google Calendar.

2. Simplify your Approach by Eliminating Unnecessary Activities
What could you start doing, stop doing or do differently to simplify your approach? Will the world end if you do not decorate every cookie? Maybe your co-workers prefer a gift card instead of a wrapped gift that will end up in the back of your closet, in other words, simplify.

You are likely to be overly committed at this time of year, both professionally and personally. Take a look at the calendar and discover some activities that you should not prioritize. Maintaining business relationships is important, but consider bringing a key customer to breakfast instead of attending the holiday party that will compete with a school event or quality time with your family.

3. Write Things Down 
This simple practice will save you a whole lot of stress. Keep a notebook with you or use your favorite application on your smartphone. If a colleague asks you a question and you need to answer her, make a note of it. The voice recorder on most phones is a great utility which comes in handy.
If your spouse, partner or colleague asks you to pick something up on the way to or from the office, we recommend a simple advice: Just write it down and then do it.

4. Finish One Task before Starting the Next One
Multitasking has its limits. Do not interrupt the progress of writing that great annual report with online searching for gift shopping. Instead, set aside a specific break time for those holiday-related tasks. Surfing online takes a vortex of time that where you spend hours without even noticing. Focusing on a single task for better efficiency, thus reducing stress.

Avoid saturation. Especially during the festive season Accept only what you can accomplish.

5. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 and Get Adequate Vitamin B
It is important that your diet daily includes seeds, eggs and fish. That way you’ll be taking in the right nutrients so your brain is well fed. Omega-3 fatty acids are part of the structure of brain cells, which is why it is essential to make them part of your usual eating plan.

Vitamin B also includes B1, B3, B6 and B9, all of which are very important for essential functions in the body. They are also extremely important for the functioning of your immune system and nervous systems in addition to metabolism, skin and muscles.Vitamin B is found in eggs, fish and meat.

6. Drink Sufficient Water
It is imperative that you stay hydrated all the time. Water does not only help your hydration, but all so helps better absorption of vitamins. Drinking enough water is also necessary for a variety of biochemical processes that are involved with brain-learning functions.

Dehydration directly affects a person’s energy levels, since dehydration means that toxins are not expelled from the body and are a usual cause of headaches.

7. Sleep Well
Last but not the least; proper sleep is essential for controlling stress. Your body needs to rest so your brain can recharge properly. Even when the brain sleeps, it is still active to process and store information. It is recommended that adults sleep at least 8 hours at a stretch at night.

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