5 Ways to De-Stressing During the Holidays

The holiday season can truly be the most wonderful time of the year. Who doesn’t love indulging on the season’s best foods and checking out neighborhoods decked out in lights? But between social obligations, shopping, and celebratory meals, it can also be stressful. The good news, though, is that sneaking some stress relief into your busy schedule can be easier than you thought. Here are a few ways you can approach it.

  1. Get some Exercise

Sometimes, the last thing you want to do after days of family and friends gatherings filled with rich foods is hit the gym. But it’s a great way to both stay in shape and manage your stress during the holidays.

Travel can complicate things, but as a runner, I always make sure to throw my running shoes and some workout clothes in my bag so I can sneak in a workout anywhere. It you’re more of an indoor workout person, check out the gym closest in your neighborhood for membership programs.

  1. Get outside

If you’re feeling a little overstimulated by hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you may want to pull on your winter coat and head outside. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can reduce your cortisol – otherwise known as the stress hormone levels. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of spending time outside, you can reap some of the benefits, just looking at photos of nature has been found ot have some benefits.

  1. Take some time for yourself – and don’t be afraid to say no

The holidays are all about being with loved ones, so it can be easy to overlook yourself in the entire hubbub. But if you’re feeling stressed, don’t be afraid to call a timeout and spend some time on self care. Maybe your self-care is taking a bubble bath, scheduling a massage, heading to the gym, or indulging in some retail therapy – whatever it is, enjoy the moment and let yourself feel refreshed.

  1. It’s okay to ask for help

We all need a little help sometimes, and the holidays are a time for lending a hand. If you’re experiencing financial hardships, there a number of organizations that can make sure you’re able to have a happy holiday. You can also take a creative approach – get your friends and family together for an activity or volunteer event in lieu of exchanging gifts.

  1. Practice mindfulness

Instead of getting caught up in everything you need to check off your list, take a few moments to focus on what you’re doing right now. What is mindfulness, exactly? According to dictionary.com, it’s “the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something.” In practice, it’s simply taking time to focus your attention on the present, the smells, sounds, sights, and feeling around you.

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