ZOIC’s 7 simple ways to reduce stress It is well known that the long-term effects of day-to-day stress can play a major role on our mental and physical health, increasing the risk for heart disease, depression, weakened immunity and weight gain. Now is the time to come to your health’s rescue by embracing these seven simple ways to control your stress and bolster your well-being. 1. Worry about one thing at a time. Keep your mind focused on real, immediate issues and tune out imaginary ones or those you have zero control You’ll automatically reduce stress overload. 2. Get away once a day. Stepping out for just 10-15 minutes a day can be invigorating. Find a quiet place alone to simply relax, meditate, read a novel, or sip tea. It doesn’t matter how much time you allot, just be consistent by doing something to re-establish your inner sense of peace every day. 3. Write or talk about it. Keeping a diary of your day or talking about it will help you to identify your sources of stress and vent your feelings. Sharing your feelings with friends will also help you to realize that you are not alone. 4. Eat healthy. A healthy meal plan is an essential companion to any stress-reduction program. General health and stress resistance can be enhanced by a diet rich in a variety of healthy foods, vegetables and fruits, and by avoiding excessive alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. Drink ZOIC Protein Nutrition Drinks as a healthy and nutritious snack alternative or meal compliment . 5. Exercise. No matter how busy you are, find time to exercise. It is probably the most effective stress reliever there is. If you can’t hit the gym, take a brisk 30 minute walk during your lunch break or get up several times a day to stretch and walk around. 6. Be positive. Try not to think so negatively and curb yourself from wanting to complain. Learning to focus on positive outcomes will help you reduce tension and achieve your goals. 7. Stop being so serious. Research has shown that humor is an effective mechanism for coping with stress. Laughing releases the tension of pent-up feelings and helps you to keep perspective. So, swap jokes with your friends, get a silly screen saver or rent a funny movie. Whatever you do, laugh! http://www.zoicbev.com www.zoicbev.com About Dr. Marcus Elliott Dr. Marcus Elliott, founder and owner of Peak Performance Project (P3), head of the scientific advisory board for ZOIC and a Harvard Medical School trained physiologist and sports medicine physician, specializing in performance enhancement and the care of elite athletes. He is dedicated to discovering and applying leading edge science for optimal athletic development. In 2003 Dr. Elliott opened Peak Performance Project (P3) in Santa Barbara, California, as the science based performance and research institute for elite athletes. As director of P3, Dr. Elliott has worked directly with more than 100 of the worlds best athletes and teams from the NFL, NBA, MLB, AVP, WUSA and the United States Olympic Team. Additionally, he has trained athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the Australian Institute of Sport, and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. Dr. Elliott has trained athletes from a wide variety of sports, and since 1998 his primary focus has been on peak performance and injury prevention in U.S. professional sports. Dr. Elliott is also a published researcher, whose work has appeared in medical journals such as the “Journal of Performance Enhancement,” “International Journal of Sports Medicine,” and “The American Journal of Medical Sciences.” He is currently employed by the NFL to research and recommend optimal conditioning and injury prevention strategies, which have been published at the 2004 NFL Annual Owners Meeting and the NFL Physicians Society Annual Meeting, Sports Science Symposium. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Governors Council on Physical Fitness. Dr. Elliott is active in developing recovery strategies for athletes and believes that optimal protein combinations play an essential role.