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Best New Year Resolutions for Stress Relief

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Let’s talk a little about resolutions, specifically new year resolutions for stress relief.

Most people look to make resolutions when it’s the new year – but the truth is that it’s never a bad time to make resolutions for stress relief.

Sometimes, a declaration of intention is just what you need to make a claim to your new stress-resilient life.

It’s a new day. It’s time for a new YOU!

THIS could bring you hope — and clear action steps!

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There are beautiful sights to be seen, wonderful people to love and incredible moments of joy to be had.

You’ve got your health. There is nothing to hold you back from loving life.

What’s that? What do you mean those things are so hard to come by when you have so much going on?

You say you want these things but you don’t have time to slow down and relax?

It is true!

There are many things going on in our lives today.

We simultaneously try to focus on our families, our jobs, our health and so much more. While these concerns are important, making time to de-stress must be a top priority.

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Better still, making time to avoid constant stress makes even more sense.

We have become walking stress-bots being controlled by the puppet strings of personal and societal expectations. It is time to completely regroup and re-balance!

A list of  resolutions for stress relief is truly the only resolution you need to live a happier and healthier life.

When stress takes over priorities shift to a fault.

We experience health issues like headaches and hair loss. We tell ourselves we are doing a great job of multi-tasking while fatigue takes over and poor eating habits ensue.

The kids are grouchy because we aren’t at our best. Marriages wane as we pass each other on the fly.

Weight gain pops up out of nowhere and memories begin to dwindle because there is simply too much to remember.

Our poor bodies and relationships suffer in silence until the breaking point rears its ugly head. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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To de-stress or avoid stress, try these ideas on for size.

  1. Set immediate boundaries for your day.
  2. It is important not to overbook or over commit. Living life to the fullest doesn’t mean cramming in a thousand things with nothing left to give. Living life to the fullest and accomplishing all that needs to be done takes common sense and a little organization.
  3. Part of everyday should always be filled with time for joy and ease.

Our roles become more significant when we take time for ourselves. Deter illness, negative relationship issues and anxieties by accepting yourself as the only one person you so beautifully are. It’s time to kiss chronic, crippling stressors good-bye!

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10 Comments

  1. Adrianne Pearl says:

    Oh wow! It is like you wrote this blog after watching my life for a week! I feel exactly the way you described, I feel like I do nothing but work 24/7. Most days fly by in a blur of work, house work, taking care of my kids, my husband, and trying to stay on top of errands that I frequently forget to eat until I look at the clock and realize it is 3 in the afternoon. I constantly feel scatter-brained and I have watched the number on the scale tick higher and higher. I feel totally stressed out and exhausted, and I have so many friends who feel exactly the same way. I know I need to make a change, and your blog spoke right to me. I am going to work on setting boundaries for each and every day and I am going to look for ways to scale back my commitments. And, most importantly, I am going to schedule time for ME into every day!

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Hi Adrianne, I’m so glad this blog resonates with you and that you can use the information and resources I share to change your life and become a happier, healthier new you. I wrote this blog after watching my life for the last 49 years! Make this the year you make changes for the better, starting with setting boundaries for your day and making time for YOU! If 15 minutes for YOU is all you can schedule in, then make it the BEST 15 minutes of your day! Feel free to use the social media links to share, tweet, pin, and like this blog with your friends on social media too, since many of them feel the same way! 🙂

  2. Karen Darcy says:

    Reading this blog really helped me realize that I have been overbooking and over-committing in my life way too much lately. It is just so hard to say no! It seems like everyone wants a piece of my time-from the PTA to my women’s group and everyone in between. I have gotten into the habit of saying “yes” because I feel so guilty saying “no”, and it is really killing me. I just feel stretched so thin and the result is that I am exhausted and nothing I do really gets my full attention, and that includes my husband and my family! I am so done with that! I want to live my life to the fullest and I think that means saying “no” to more, even if it’s hard to do.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Hi Karen, you may be surprised to learn how many women struggle the same as you do to say “no”. As a result, you find yourself saying yes more often and ultimately that just means you overload your life with social and professional obligations. I wrote an article on the importance of scaling back and learning to say “no” here. I think you’ll benefit from reading that post.

  3. Good tips for us all Darlene, for sure. One of the characteristics of people with what I’ve called Perfectly Hidden Depression is that they take on new responsibility without giving up one they already claim. It’s like driven people believe they have no limits. Thanks for stressing not only the mental costs but the physical ones. Great points.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Dr. Rutherford, I like you term “Perfectly Hidden Depression”. Chronic stress and depression are very closely linked, often we don’t even realize that that “down” feeling is depression. It’s “Perfectly Hidden”. Stress comes at a high price, physically, mentally, and emotionally. That’s why we need to be ale to 1) recognize it, and more importantly 2) create balance is every area of our life.

  4. Kendra Baratheon says:

    Hi Darlene. I really hear you on multi-tasking. I used to do so called “multi-tasking” so much, at work, at home, in the car, while eating, even while having a romantic night with my husband! I just could not stop. Then I realized that not only was it becoming exhausting, but that it also wasn’t saving me much time and I wasn’t enjoying anything I was doing! Now I thoughtfully focus on one thing at a time and I find that I do that task better, my mind feels clearer and more sharp, and I have less stress. Such an important point to make.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Well said Kendra! Thanks for sharing your experience. Multi-tasking really does not work,it brings on stress and anxiety and robs you of enjoying happiness in the moment. I am thrilled that you now thoughtfully focus on one thing at a time, and experience less stress! Bravo!

  5. Miriam Allgehier says:

    Ok, Darlene, I am declaring my intention to live a more stress free life! I am going to start planning time in my day in the beginning of the day and at the end of the day, at the very least, to just relax and meditate. My days feel so hectic and rushed lately and it feels like everyone but me has a claim on my time except me! I love the idea of just taking time for me, and what I really want to do is spend some time in silence, breathing in and praying and centering myself on me! So there! I have written it down and declared it to you, my new plan for everyday, so you can hold me to it:) Thank you for your encouragement.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Good for you! Bravo Miriam. Start small. So start with just 5-10 minutes in the beginning of the day and at the end of the day, and gradually increase it. Surely, you can block 10 minutes in the morning and/or evening for YOU, right!? I am going to hold you to it!! Write down what you did for the 10-minutes every day for a week. Record in writing how you felt before and after your 10 minutes of you-time. Put it all in a word-document and send it to me. I’d love to read it and offer some pointers where needed. Ready, set, go! 🙂

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