Are you finding a need to holiday de-stress? The holidays are filled with stress, regardless of whether you love them or hate them. For those who adore the holidays, even though you love all the glitz and tinsel of the season, it can be quite stressing getting everything done on time and to your specifications, especially if you throw a large extravaganza over the holiday period. If you hate the holidays, it’s often because of all the stress. Everyone can benefit from these simple stress reduction ideas.
Take time to exercise.
Nothing is as good a stress buster as regular exercise. Not only does exercise burn off the hormones created by stress, such as cortisol—which is also associated with belly fat. It also stimulates circulation sending nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body, clearing your head and making you more alert. Regular exercise also does one more thing for your body. It sends signals to the brain to start making and sending hormones that improve your sense of enjoyment, comfort and sense of well being. Theses hormones are dopamine and endorphins
Believe it or not, you are what you eat. Or at least your personality reflects your eating habits. Food has a dramatic effect on your life. If you’re like most people, when you’re under pressure and need a boost, you grab a sugary treat for the energy. That can make your energy level skyrocket….at least for a while. It then goes south and by south, I mean the deep south. Sometimes, it just puts you in a sour or tired mood, other times you have a sugar low that borders on crisis, making your feel light-headed, emotional or forgetful. When you eat healthy, you plan for the need for snacks and have a more appropriate snack that will fill you up, boost your energy but won’t drop you like a rock a few hours later.
Take time to breathe.
Deep breathing and quiet meditation can help lower your stress levels and get your mind back into focus. Taking a few private minutes to breathe deeply and focus on your breath, rather than all the tasks you have ahead of you, can lower your anxiety level and stress. Try it at least once a day during the holiday period. The more you practice, the quicker you’ll see results when you need it the most.
Change your mind. You can decide whether something will stress you or not. If you look at a situation and can do something about it to make it better, do it! If you can’t do anything, accept it and move on.
Delegate responsibility. If you’re the holiday king or queen and throw party after party for the holidays, it’s time to let others help with the fun. You probably had many people say, “Let me know if I can help.” Whether they meant it or not, it’s time to take them up on the offer.
Take a walk, run or just go up and down the stairs. When the stress seems overwhelming, you can burn off some of that excess anxiety by getting moving. You don’t have to be at a gym or in an exercise outfit. You can take the stairs and go up and down until you feel better. It really works. If you don’t have stairs, close the door and walk rapidly through the room until you’re tired.
Smile and sing at the top of your lungs. Are you home alone and frustrated. Belt out “Jingle Bells” at the top of your lungs. It may scare the cat but will make you feel great. Smiling more can help you smile more. Fake it, until you can make it.