Question: The holidays are over, yet the stress still seems to be lingering. I feel as if I can’t get back on track with a regular schedule. Can you please provide some tips to help me cope with my stress?

Answer: Here are three very simple steps you can do to help you feel stronger, happier, and better able to manage your stress. Begin by eating fresh, wholesome foods that will fuel your brain and boost your mood. Reaching for the junk food might give you instant satisfaction, but will make you feel depleted in the long run. Next, continue to stay physically active, as exercise is known to help reduce stress and clear your mind. And lastly, create an experience of joy somewhere in your day, such as watching a funny movie, or curling up with your favorite book and a cup of tea. Setting aside this time for yourself can help you shift your thinking to feeling good and creating positive thoughts.

Andrea Ivins is the club manager and Zumba Instructor at Anytime Fitness in Palestine.

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