Stress is without a doubt part of life. Some stress can be motivating and lead to heightened productivity. Other kinds of stress, or too much of it, may lean to physical and emotional distress…that, we don’t want! Around the holidays, when life’s balance of work, family, parties, decorating, and more get overwhelming, stress can creep in and try to get the best of us. But, let’s not let that happen! Here are 11 ways to prevent, cope with and resolve this unnecessary stress.
Research shows that deep breathing is one of the most effective methods of stress reduction. One common side effect of stress is increased blood pressure. Deep breathing helps to combat this. It also allows for greater body awareness and promotes feelings of calmness and relaxation.
Try out the 4-7-8 breathing technique: inhale deeply in 4 counts, hold for 7 counts, then exhale quietly and completely for 8 counts. Repeat at many times as you need.
Busy schedules are inevitable during the holidays, and this can surely be stressful! Grab a planner, notepad, phone app, or whatever you use to stay organized, and map out your days. Keep it simple! Prioritize what you want to get done, make sure it’s feasible with your time, and schedule it in. Peace of mind comes with knowing what you need to do.
Preparing healthy food is the precursor to consuming healthy food. Even though eating shouldn’t be a stressful task, it is for many. Having healthy meals and snacks on hand, ready to grab, can alleviate a lot of the stress. In addition, fueling your body with the nutrients it needs (ie. vitamins, minerals, whole grains, lean proteins, etc) is so important!
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It doesn’t have to be sweat rolling down the forehead kind of workouts every day. Any kind of exercise with get the brain to start releasing those feel good chemicals. Also, much like with consuming healthy foods, we all know exercising is good for us. Knowing we are doing something good for our body is stress receiving in of itself.
In a life that many have many worries, concerns, or seemingly terrible things going on, there are even more blessings. Have a seat and think about all of the things in life that are wonderful. Friends, family, people a work, significant other, your dog, cat, whatever it may be! Focus on those, and feel the worries wash away.
What are you stressed about? Write it down. Research shows that journal-writing in stressful times is a therapeutic method of emotional release. Let it all out. Many times the root cause of the stressor, and possible solution will reveal itself while your at it.
Much like number 5, it is so so so important to focus on the good things in life. The mindset has a powerful force on life. Change your thoughts, change your life. It’s challenging to find positive things in the darkest situations, but it’s possible. Sometimes a little flare of light is all you need.
Many studies exists that suggest teas stress receiving capacity. It takes time to boil the water, steep the tea, let it cool and drink it, which can be used as a time of relaxation. In addition, some teas have ingredients that are known to be natural stress relievers:
- Lemon Balm
Music speaks for itself. Put something soothing on. Sing a little. Maybe even throw in some dance moves. Enjoy the beats and voices in each song. What better way to relieve some holiday stress than with some Christmas music 🙂
Take a walk! Whether its alone, or with others, walking is not only a form of exercise, but it removes you from working on anything else, and gives you time to think, chat, listen to music, or just be in peace. This is a great thing to put on that schedule! Even just a 10 minute walk after dinner each night can make a great difference.
And debatably the most important and effective one right here. Especially during the holidays, it’s all about spending time with the ones you love. Positive social interaction is one of the best ways to forget stress and enjoy life. Call your mom, hug your friend, kiss your other half. Embrace them this season ❤