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Nov 23, 2012

22 Ways To Living Calmer And Anxiety-Free Life

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You are likely fighting work deadlines, picnic or shopping plans and holiday family gatherings - All the while struggling the temptation of office or colleague treats, family feasts and cocktail hours. There are chances to gain weight or get little tensed and overwhelmed. So I am sharing 22 tips to help you living calmer, happier and slimmer.
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Stand tall - According to Amy Cuddy, social psychologist at Harvard Business School. everyone should spend 2 minutes in a 'power pose'. It makes you feel more confident and levels of the stress hormones cortisol decrease.

Curl up with a book - Reading regularly helps improve the mind and memory. It can also be a great way to relax; just six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by more than a third.

Say cheese! - When a situation has feeling stressed or flustered. even a forced smile can actually decrease your stress and make you happier,according to the Journal of Psychological Science.

Watch re-runs - Research scientists at the University of Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions, found that watching a rerun of a favorite TV show/program may help restore the drive to get things done in people who have used up their reserves of will power or self-control.

Make lists - Keeping a list - and yes, checking it twice - ensure that you know what your tasks are and that you're keeping on track.
Break traditions - Who says you have turkey for thanksgiving? You can cook anything you like and can make anything you want, including reservations at the local Australian restaurant. They did it in "A Christmas Story" and look how happy they were.

Take naps - Sara Mednick, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego says, "You can get incredible benefits from 15 - 20 minutes of napping. You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance.

Schedule - Limit your worrying to a specific time period as much as possible. That may help reduce the impact it has on your mental and emotional well-being.

Delegate - If you want something done right, do it yourself is so last year. Recruit your guests-perhaps have everyone bring a dish to dinner instead of doing it all yourself. Get your entire family involved and foster an attitude that things don't have to be perfect. This will help you focus more on doing what you enjoy.

Get outdoors - Studies show that outdoor walking during the winter may have a 50 % greater positive effect on physical and mental health than going to the gym.
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Be friend an animal in need - According to the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University, people who interact with dogs, "actually get a drop in blood pressure - a true relaxation response".

Drink your H2O - A recent study from the journal of Nutrition found that dehydration can cause fatigue and difficulty in memory and alertness, which can make everything seem more overwhelming.

Hide your phone - It does help to stay connected, but according to a British study, compulsive checking of emails and texts can also be anxiety-producing. Give yourself a break every once in a while.

Get crafty - Setting aside some time for hobbies you enjoy, whether it's knitting, painting, or collecting decoration ideas on Pinterest or Google Can reduce stress hormones and increase the release of feel-good endorphins.

Dance party - Remember how much fun you used to have jumping on the bed as a kid? Well, relive those days. Even just hopping up and down will release tension and help you mentally prepare for the next problem thrown in your direction. It's also fun to celebrate your successes with a little dance.

Brew some tea - Drinking warm tea forces you to slow down for a moment.

Take a bath - The hot water and relaxing sensation of a shower or bath can help to reduce your anxiety and help you feel fresher.

Listen to music - Listening to a rock or soft song can have a real positive effect on brain, with studies showing that areas responsible for aspects such as memory and vision, can 'light up' in response to music.

Call mom - Research from University of Wisconsin Madison shows that just hearing your mother's lovely voice can lower levels of cortisol and trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone associated with positive feelings.

Hug someone - A recent study shows that hugs increased levels of oxytocin, the bonding hormone, and reduced blood pressure, which cuts the risk of heart disease.

Say yes to chocolate - A Study concluded that eating 1.4 oz. of dark chocolate each day for 2 weeks reduces levels of stress hormones in healthy adults.

Eat slowly - It takes about 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to send out signals of fullness. The North American Association for the Study of Obesity found that people took in fewer calories when they slowed their eating pace.
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