5 WAYS TO RELIEVE THE STRESS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
The "‘Tis the season" mania starts earlier and earlier each year, so don’t think you’re the only one feeling frazzled and exhausted as the stress of the upcoming holiday season looms. Here are some ideas to chill out, relieve holiday stress, and heat up some bliss.
Plan a Low-key Get-together
The holiday season is often filled with family get-togethers, office parties, and other gatherings that may not top your want-to-do list. Invite a few close friends to get together at your home one afternoon instead. Keep it simple with a spread of bagels and sandwich fixings. After you eat, break out some games. Laughter is a known stress-buster, and party games like Charades, Pictionary, or the card game Exploding Kittens will have you cracking up. You can simplify your life even further and plan a no-one-has-to-clean-up meet-up at a local coffee house or a favorite local restaurant.
Keep Your Diet in Check
As with many things during the holiday season, meals tend to be an indulgence followed by deprivation. You may be rushing around so much checking off items on your to-do list that you forget to eat. Keep stress hormone levels stable with five small meals per day. If you need a pick-me-up while shopping, try a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds, blueberries, or an orange, which are all shown to release hormones that reduce stress.
Boost Your Energy with Exercise
Exercise increases endorphins, the brain’s chemicals that make you feel happier and more relaxed. But after a day of scouring the malls or surfing the Web to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, you may not feel like working out. Find holiday stress relief with an early morning exercise sessionbefore you get too busy and too tired. Consider practicing yoga poses in the comfort of your backyard spa and enjoy the feeling of buoyancy that can enhance your flexibility and make challenging postures easier. Or, turn your shopping into a workout session by strapping on ankle weights, walking the mall for at least 10 minutes between stops, and even doing lunges in a quiet corner of the mall.
Feel the Beat
Studies show that quiet classical music can slow your pulse and heart rate and lower blood pressure. If Mozart isn’t your thing, any music can offer holiday stress relief by acting as a distraction. Whether you turn up the beat or keep the music low and slow, incorporating music into your exercise routine or hot tub soak can enhance the stress relief benefits of these activities.
Reschedule Your Priorities
Holiday stress comes from being overcommitted and, often, feeling obligated to make nearly everyone happy–from your in-laws to your local volunteer organization. If a family tradition doesn’t make you happy, consider rescheduling for before or after the holidays or dropping it from your annual repertoire all together. Or, choose only one cause to volunteer your time this season. You can make up for it in February when organizations are hurting for help and people seem to have forgotten the spirit of giving.
Finally, don’t feel obligated to accept every invitation you receive. A simple “Sorry, I can’t” will suffice even if it’s because you’ll be seeking holiday stress relief in your backyard spa. Soothe aching feet as the jets deliver a hydromassage and the warm water improves circulation and boosts endorphins.
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