By Mary Pletsch 18 Dec 2017 no comment 786 Views
The holidays can be a very stressful time of year.
The shopping and crowds – The back-to-back diet-busting parties – The seemingly endless piles of work and deadlines at the office – The financial responsibility of having to play both mom/dad and Santa Claus. The list goes on and on.
Whatever it is that may be keeping you from the holiday cheer, try using these helpful stress-relieving tips. You’re bound to find one that does the trick.
Holiday Stress-Busting Tips
Get active – Exercising makes you feel good and allows you to eat the occasional holiday sweets.
Eat right – Fruit and vegetables are great, and omega-3 acids are known to reduce symptoms of stress. Drink green tea.
Laugh more – Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and decreases levels of stress-causing hormones.
Connect with others – Call a friend: a reassuring voice, even for a minute, can put everything into perspective.
Assert yourself – Have confidence. Learn to say no. Delegate.
Try yoga/meditation – These systems of mindfulness incorporate physical and mental exercises that prevent stress from rising.
Get enough sleep – Although stress and sleep may be a vicious cycle, try to get 7-8 hours a night.
Keep a journal – Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a good release for otherwise built-up emotions.
Listen to music – relaxing classical music, your favorite artist, or Jingle Bells may do the trick.
Breathe deeply – deep breathing oxygenates your blood, helps center your body, and clears your mind. Take 5.
Be present – Slow down and enjoy the present.
Be grateful – Being grateful for your blessings cancels out negative thoughts and worries.
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