Keeping a journal is a terrific way to combat stress. By taking a few minutes each day to write down your frustrations, you allow your mind to process them and release negative energy...and you just might come up with some creative solutions for those troubling issues. You don't need anything fancy; plain paper and a pen will do.
One of the early outward signs of depression is isolation. If you see a friend losing interest in social activities, or she stops returning phone calls when she's usually chatty, check in with her and ask if something's wrong. Sometimes a little compassion - and connection - are just what a person needs to get back on track.
Be thankful! One of the easiest ways to keep your mood elevated and optimistic is to take time each day for thankfulness
Be thankful! One of the easiest ways to keep your mood elevated and optimistic is to take time each day for thankfulness. Try taking a few minutes in the morning to give thanks for the beginning of a beautiful day, or make a quick list at the end of the day of things you're glad to have accomplished.
Exercise is a natural way to relieve stress. Sometimes even taking a walk around the block or doing a few jumping jacks is enough to take the edge off. If you're feeling stressed and have a chance to get the blood pumping, do it - the results are great for your mind and body.
Did you know many health insurance plans offer discounts on gym memberships? Or that your town or city park district may offer low-cost or free fitness services near you? Don't skip the workout because you can't afford a high-priced gym. Do your homework and you just might find an affordable way to stay fit.
Get limber! Stretching - both before and after a workout - is an important part of a good fitness routine, helping to boost your flexibility, improve your circulation and reduce the risk of injury
Get limber! Stretching - both before and after a workout - is an important part of a good fitness routine, helping to boost your flexibility, improve your circulation and reduce the risk of injury. When stretching, make sure to breathe deeply and naturally to supply your muscles with plenty of oxygen.
Start a fitness club with friends - even long distance. Social networks like Facebook and MySpace let you form groups where you can share goals and successes, and receive advice and support when you're struggling. Stay in touch and stay fit, for free!
Want to work out, but can't commit to a gym? Your home offers tons of exercise options. Walk up and down stairs to work your lower body; use canned soups as handheld weights for strengthening; vacuum your rooms for some cardio; and use TV time to stretch out your muscles.
Step up! Boost your workout slowly (but meaningfully) by adding one flight of stairs (up and down) each day
Step up! Boost your workout slowly (but meaningfully) by adding one flight of stairs (up and down) each day. You'll burn extra calories and quickly start to see muscle toning in your legs, hips, thighs and buttocks. Within a week you'll be spending seven to ten minutes climbing stairs - a healthy addition to your routine!
Get your groove on. Dancing is a great way to burn calories and have fun at the same time. From swing to samba, hip-hop to fox trot, you can burn hundreds of calories per hour on the dance floor. Or create your own playlist and turn your living room into a dance studio!