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Tips for stress reduction

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It’s difficult to schedule ‘me-time’ when so much of our lives have become so busy. Did you know that making self-care a daily habit not only alleviates stress, but it also contributes to longevity? We all know that excise, a healthy diet and plenty of sleep are the building blocks of wellness, but there are little things you can do every day to pamper yourself.

Fitness guru, busy mom and Fitness Flower creator, Estelle Shaw has these tips and tricks for integrating wellness into your daily schedule:

Be Grateful: Studies have shown that people that show gratitude are least likely to experience depression and have an easier time managing the ups and downs of life. Take a minute every day to focus on the positive and give thanks!

Take a Walk: Not only is it good for you physically, walking can also elevate your mood and get you back to center fast! Even a stroll for 15 minutes a day can do wonders.

Indulge in a Book: When is the last time to fell in love with a character in a book? Not only can reading take our minds off of immediate stress and pressure it can help maintain healthy cognitive functions; one of the first things to go when under stress!

Savor a treat: Both dark chocolate and red wine contain a healthy amount of Resveratrol which is believed to be stave off cancer and heart disease, contribute to longevity and boost your metabolism. Go ahead and have a glass or nibble on a piece of the darkest chocolate you can find- it’s actually good for you!

Say No: Yes, it’s true. You may be feeling overextended because you say yes too much. Knowing your limits is key to preserving a healthy mental state. Don’t worry, you’re not being mean. Saying no is good for others too. How else are they supposed to know your boundaries if you don’t.

Estelle Shaw is a fitness and wellness expert, mom of two, and the founder of Fitness Flower, a collection of fitness products designed to help women get into shape without adding to their “to do” list or overloading an already busy schedule.

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