takebreakThe holiday season is over and now it’s time to shut down our engines, put it in neutral and prepare our game plan for 2014. In other words, put the focus on you in JanYOUary! 

These last few months introduced a lot of stress and pressure into our already-stressful lives. Time to take a time out and decompress. Here are a few quick and easy steps you can take to bring things down a notch and get in the right mode for the New Year. 

Exercise and eat right – let me guess, you were probably planning to do this for the New Year anyway, right? Just 20 minutes a day with help regulate the stress hormone cortisol. Eating right can also fight stress. It has been proven in times of stress our body needs vitamins B, C and A. Fill your plate with green leafy vegetables, fish, and fruit after getting in a bit of exercise and you will be 100% in no time.

Breathe and/or meditate – sit up straight, breathe deeply in through your nose, hold for a few seconds then push all of the air in your lungs out through your mouth. Do this breathing exercise three or four times when something (or someone) has rattled your nerves. Once you are home and can find a quiet spot, get comfortable and meditate to relax the mind and body. Recently meditation has been linked to several health benefits, such as concentration, memory, self-control, and self-esteem. It is also believed to help treat asthma and arthritis. Do some research because there are several methods of meditation that have their own individual payoffs (i.e. Mindfulness Meditation and Transcendental Meditation).

Get some sleep – as a mother of two young boys, I know this is easier said than done. After homework, dinner, lessons/practice, washing, brushing, and flossing, it is ten thirty before the bed is even in sight. And if your day starts early like mine (5:30a.m.), you need to get to bed early to get the recommended 7 – 9 hours of sleep. Children need even more sleep than adults. This may be a hard adjustment but everyone is happier when they are rested.

At Liberty Tax®, we are preparing for another round of stress because tax season is upon us. It’s important to keep things in perspective and take a few moments out of each day to help our bodies deal with the stress hormones it produces. Stay healthy this year and be happy!

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