Running out of will-power to stick with your New Year's resolutions? It may be because you have too much stress. Dr. Amit Soon from Mayo Clinic explains the effects of stress on will-power in this excerpt from NPR's Science Friday...
The #1 Killer of Will-Power is......STRESS
As Dr. Amit Sood explains in the NPR Science Friday interview above, when we are stressed-out--which is a lot of the time-- we are more likely to revert to our ingrained habits, much like a "zombie".
Some of Dr. Sood's suggestions for keeping your resolutions stress-free are to keep it simple, specific, and realistic, and to be intentional about setting goals that have real meaning to you. Don't over commit yourself, and find a partner who can help keep you motivated. Dr. Amid Soot also reminds us that often these changes take time.
De-Stress Your New Year's Resolutions With Massage
Most Americans New Year's resolutions focus on taking better care of themselves, and often this includes finding ways to better manage stress and achieve a better balance in our busy lives.
"Anyone who enjoys massage should consider indulging regularly," says Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. “Of course, a single session will do great things for the body, but regular sessions seem to be even more profound.”
There is growing scientific evidence for the many beneficial, stress-relieving effects of a good massage. Massage therapy has been shown to boost the will-power hormone--serotonin. A stress relieving massage or reiki session could be just what you need to strengthen your resolve!