Surviving the Stress of the Holiday Season

Posted by on Thursday, December 27, 2018

Spending time with family, shopping to get everyone presents, eating out and sleeping less are all things that can lead to extra stress over the holiday season.
For some people the holidays can cause added stress to your life and affect your well-being. Here are some simple tips to help you manage stress over the holiday season. 

Stress cannot only cause havoc on your life, but also your body. Stress can be a reason that you are not losing weight and have many other negative side effects. Try some of these stress-reducing techniques today.
Take a walk. Leisure walking is a great way to reduce cortisol levels and a great relaxation technique. 

Meditate. Take a few minutes today to spend some time in meditation. Sitting still for a few minutes and focusing on your breathe, will help to center yourself and make you feel calmer. 

Get a massage or do self-massage. Massage allows the brain to calm down and focus on feeling good.

Take a time out. Sometimes adults need time out too. Take a few minutes in your stressful day to stop what you are doing, take 

a few deep breaths, clear your mind and when you feel like you are relaxed go back to your day. Listen to relaxing music. Just by listening to music can help you to reduce stress levels and relax. 

Take time for yourself. It is very easy to get wrapped up in entertaining and trying to keep the family happy. However, if you don’t take care of yourself first, you cannot take care of other people. Take some time the next two weeks to care for you. Book a massage or take a yoga class and practice some relaxation techniques. 

Schedule workouts throughout your week. Sticking to your regular workout routine during the busy holiday time, will help to keep you feeling good about yourself and stress free. 

Be thankful. Take time this week to reflect on what you are thankful for in your life. Studies have proven that if you take time to acknowledge and appreciate what you are thankful for in life, more good things will come to you.