Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Combat Stress with Calorie Free Tips

Treats Without Calories

Okay, so you're stressed, and… cranky.—But there are some ways you can self-soothe without turning to food. The bonus is that they can actually supplement your workout. Try these ideas for some good-for-you pampering:

Feel the heat:. The warmth increases your heart rate similarly to a cardio workout. Or take a post-workout soak in your tub at home. Use essential oils or aromatherapy like lavendar which can help you unwind.

Get a massage: A nice knead can improve your circulation and melt away stress and muscle aches brought on by drill-instructor-motivated resistance training.

Stretch it out: Schedule a long, thorough stretching session. It will help you relax, reduce soreness and improve your posture.

Om…: Learn to meditate, or just pencil in about 15 minutes to think in a quiet room each day. A little escape from the chaos of daily life will help you keep a positive state of mind.

Make exercise pleasurable: Make sure you're doing something that makes you happy, whether it's a scenic bike ride, a hike in the woods or a swim in the ocean.

Remember that self-pampering will help you relax, reduce stress and make you feel better inside and out. Make it a priority and get a pedicure, manicure, or massage.

Retail therapy and put your energy from stress into shopping. Just be careful not to make too many impulse buys.

Take up a hobby like painting or sewing and unwind your brain.

Read that Book that has been sitting on the shelf staring at you.

Phone an old friend or write a personal card and mail it.

Volunteer your time at a church, school, shelter, or what interests and inspires you. 

And most of all, take a deep breath and take time to look around you and count all of the blessings in your life.  Life is precious and too short to sweat the small stuff.  Always tell your family and friends how much you appreciate them and love them! 
Have a Happy, Healthy, and Stress Free Day!

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