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For many abroad, the transition from summer to fall means new beginnings for jobs, projects, and school. If you’re still mentally on vacation, we came up with some tips to help you get back into the “new” year groove:

Reach out and hug someone.

Yes! We aren't kidding. During times of transition, anxiety peaks, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol rise. One study shows that interpersonal touch can reduce physical and psychological stress. Whether it's with your dog, partner, kids—or even a tree—hugs significantly reduce stress. 

Just say, No.

The start of any new year is often a deluge of events and obligations. Ease into your post-holiday life by saying no to anything that doesn’t serve your new direction...or your sanity.

Reflect. It’s our word of the month for a reason. Now is the perfect time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t last year, and make some changes. Often it's the smaller changes that create long-lasting benefits.

We'd love to hear from you. Send us your tips on how you get in your groove!


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