Are you feeling pulled in different directions this holiday season? If so, you’re not alone.
It’s that time of year when many people shift gears and the holidays take center stage. Often, the holiday season is not all comfort and joy. It can be a time of high emotional and physical stress.
Here are some suggestions for reducing stress so that you and yours can enjoy the holiday season:
- Take a break each day for yourself. Try meditation, prayer, a nap or read a book. These are ways of reducing stress and energizing the body.
- Eat properly and drinks lots of water. Don’t use the holidays and stress as a reason to overeat. Although the holidays bring with them sweet treats and other appetizers, try not to make food the prime focus. And remember, just because someone offers you something, you do not have to accept.
- Maintain your regular exercise routine and get to bed at your usual time or earlier.
- Watch your alcohol consumption. Although some people believe alcohol decreases your stress, it is only a temporary solution.
- Don’t overdo work, eating, drinking or being merry. Overindulging in any of these areas is draining afterward.
- Plan ahead and allow extra time for shopping and travel. Stores, airports, and highways are extra busy this time of year.
- Breath is great for reducing stress and anxiety in the moment especially when dealing with difficult people, crowds or standing in line. Breathe in your nose and out your mouth. Place one hand on top of the other resting them on your chest or belly as you feel breath under them.
- Getting a massage is an excellent way to reduce stress and relax.
- See your chiropractor to maintain a healthy spine and to improve energy flow. The chiropractic adjustment helps relieve stress, improve function and increase energy.
- Remember to be thankful for everyone in your life. Take time to smile as you connect with them.
With the additional stress this holiday season, it’s important to practice some de-stressing activities, so your holiday is the festive and joyful time you want it to be.
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I hope you have the best holiday season ever!