Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas are a busy holiday time filled with shopping, good food and family, but there can also be tension and stress. For many people, the holiday season means changes in work, exercise and dietary habits. But there are easy things you can do to take the stress out of any holiday.
Taking care of yourself becomes especially important during stressful times like the holidays. Try these tips to keep stress under control:
Make a list
A hectic schedule means that being organized and planning ahead is more important than ever. If you are laying in bed at night worrying about all the things you have to do, get up and make a “to do” list. It will help to clear your mind and get you back to sleep.
Does the house need cleaning? Let each family member be responsible for a room or a specific task.
Cardiovascular exercise, weight training and yoga can reduce the level of stress hormones in your body, allowing you to cope more easily. It is also a great excuse to make a little time for yourself.
Sugar increases symptoms of irritability and anxiety in many people and weakens the immune system. It has also been found to diminish infection-fighting white blood cell count for up to six hours after consumption.
Laughter is the best therapy
It may be a cliché, but people who laugh on a daily basis rate the stress in their lives as lower and enjoy better health. So go ahead and giggle – it’s good for you!
Armed with these simple strategies, you’ll be free to kick back and enjoy the holiday season.