It goes without saying that 2020 was, uh…

Luckily, 2021 is here, and as we get ready to take on all the new challenges it may bring, there’s one thing we may still need to deal with from 2020. That’s right: stress.

Every year, the American Psychological Association (APA) surveys Americans about stress, from intensity, to its source, to how it affects them. In 2020, experts came to the conclusion that Americans were dealing with a whole new type of beast.

“Nearly 8 in 10 adults say the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress in their life. And 2 in 3 adults say they have experienced increased stress over the course of the pandemic,” the APA reports

They even discovered that Gen Z (ages 18-23) are experiencing amplified effects, as the uncertainty of our future clashes with the start of their adult lives.

In the end, high stress levels can directly contribute to a multitude of health problems, from high blood pressure to cardiovascular issues and even obesity.What does all of this mean?

Basically, if you’ve been experiencing mood swings, snapping at friends and family, and/or experiencing tension in your body, you’re not the only one! But we’re here to get you through the new year with holistic products and strategies that combat stress, once and for all. 

A Three Step Plan to Decrease Stress

  1. Add water to your morning routine

Many of us have no issue reaching for the coffee pot every morning, but it may be time to show your Britta some love. The American Holistic Nurses Association recommends starting off every morning with at least 16-24 ounces of water.

“By making significant progress early in the day, hitting your water goals will seem more attainable,” they explain

Drinking water first thing will rehydrate your body, give you more (natural) energy, and can even lead to weight loss. Honestly, your hydration journey couldn’t get any easier with the help of time stamped water bottles, like this Friends-themed one!

 2. Track Your Stress Throughout the Day

Smart watches are no longer just for texting at work! The big tech companies are now including stress tracking in their wristwatches. By analyzing heart rate data, built in blood oxygen monitors, and electrodermal activity, your watch will be able to tell when you’re having panic attacks, shortness of breath, or basic levels of tension.

Fitbit’s EDA sensor smartwatch provides real time stress feedback, which can enhance your meditations, improve your sleep, and even help you get the most out of your workouts!

 3. Create a Workout Routine

Okay sure, “new year, new you” usually means a promise to lose weight and start exercising that’s abandoned by February and we get it. Life is busy, exercise is terrible, and did we mention that everyone is stressed? But, the “Yoga for Beginners” app is making working out more simple than ever.

Have the power to workout on your schedule. Busy day? Choose a short 10 minute program. Want to push yourself? The app lays out how many calories you can be expected to burn per workout, so that you can craft a yoga plan that’s right for you.

At the end of the day, yoga can help ease the mind, reduce stress, and improve heart health. A win-win-win!

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