New Year, New You - Mindfulness for Beginners
Your New Year’s Resolution - The Best Mindful Exercise for Stress Reduction
Many of the New Year’s resolutions for 2018 are all focused towards better health. A few of these include the following: increasing your physical activity, increasing the amount of optimal sleep, nurturing your relationships, eating healthier and practicing
With the new year here, you’re likely planning your healthy resolutions to improve your life for 2018. However, the trouble with resolutions is that people often set unrealistic goals and then fall short of reaching them due to lack of time, motivation, etc. While approximately 41% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, only about 9% actually fulfill those resolutions.
At TouchPoint, we want to help you be part of that 9%. According to a study done by Static Brain Research Institute, the top two New Year’s resolutions of 2017 were weight loss/healthier eating and life/self improvements. In order to fulfill these goals, however, the first step to a better you is finding healthy ways to reduce stress.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Stress Reduction
There are many ways we can easily reduce stress through mindful exercise. One of the best mindful exercises is called progressive muscle relaxation. Progressive muscle relaxation allows you to focus on tightening and relaxing each muscle group in your body. This is done while laying down by starting tightening and relaxing the muscles in your feet and calves. As you relax these muscles you move on to the next group of the legs, buttocks, abs, arms, neck and head. Tense your muscles for a few seconds and relax for a longer duration. You can continue this process for one or more cycles until your body is in a complete relaxed state.
Nearly everybody experiences stress, but did you know that it can negatively impact all aspects of your life, such as poor sleep and relationship quality, productivity, and cravings, as well as increased anxiety and anger issues. Knowing these important facts about stress and how it can impact your chances of achieving your goals is essential to fulfilling your resolutions for the year ahead.
An easy resolution to reduce stress is one of the best ways and can be done less than 1 minute. This is through TouchPoints which are natural and effective stress management devices. Using BLAST technology, they deliver gentle altering vibrations to the users nervous system, which alters the body’s Fight, Flight or Freeze (F3) response to anxiety. Users have reported a reduction in stress in as little as 30 seconds!
Beyond stress and anxiety relief, these wearable devices also have other presets to help users feel their best by solving the following:
- How to get more sleep?
- How to focus?
- How to reduce cravings?
- How to control anger?