Dr. Megan Hood, a clinical psychologist at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center with an expertise in stress management, said trying to attain a more stress-free existence is pretty popular around the holidays and the new year.
But staying away from stress is not as simple as a New Year’s Eve wish.
“That tends to be a common goal, a nice broad goal,” Hood said. “But it also tends to be challenging.”
Still, Hood has some tips to keep the stress at bay.
- Enjoy the moment. Don’t always rush ahead to the next thing, Hood cautions. Take a second to just enjoy the small things in life: a catchy song playing, a good smell or something nice going on around you.
- Plan ahead — when you can. Having plans and maintaining schedules is a good thing, but make your goals manageable and realistic and don’t worry about anything out of your control, Hood says.
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