How many times have you caught yourself thinking about issues that you had no control over and trying to find a solution to these? Does your active mind keep you awake at night until you are too tired to stay awake? Around 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia with 37.9 percent of these reported to having unintentionally fallen asleep during the day as a result of not being able to sleep properly during the night.
With depression being our society’s biggest killer, it is essential for us to address what makes us happy (and sad) and to work towards becoming more peaceful and content individuals. If you don’t know how to start making your life better, but your pillow misses the soft touch of your skin, here’s how to become a more peaceful you this year.
Look after your finances. If you cannot doze off at night due to the poor state of your bank account, you are not alone. Sixty-five percent of Americans say they lose sleep over financial worries. Money concerns are one of the biggest reasons why people are unable to hit the sack quickly, and if this is the case with you too, it is time to put an end to all this unnecessary stress. You might be thinking that at thirty-something, it is time to finally put some money aside and invest in the property that you have for so long desired. However, your bad credit rating might be holding you back. Lenders will be reluctant to give you any money unless your credit history is clean and healthy. Repair.credit will help you work towards improving your credit score.
Take care of your body. Everybody knows that exercise reduces stress levels. Physical activity produces endorphins in your body, and these are chemicals that in the brain have a similar effect to painkillers in that they reduce stress and help you feel more rested. Exercise promotes the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine, and these are known to improve cognitive function, elevate mood and increase learning ability. Experts recommend for you to do an average of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise every week in order to keep stress at bay and feel healthy. Alternatively, you could also combine the two, and this would provide you with the same health benefits. Put in place a solid workout strategy now.
Pamper your mind. Another way of becoming stress-free is of course by nurturing your mind and making sure you look after this just as good as you look after your body. Ancient meditation techniques and prayer have been around for thousands of years, but it is only now that they are being considered excellent stress-reduction tools due to recent research having shown that meditation has, in fact, many health benefits. If you feel you could use some peace and you don’t know how to achieve a more tranquil state of mind, give prayer a go. Headspace is an excellent program that will guide you through the practice in an easy and enjoyable way.
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