How to Alleviate Stress during the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is usually a busy time, filled with traveling, decorating, shopping, work commitments, friends and family. Feeling overwhelmed during the months of November and December of common, which can affect your mood, health and your overall holiday spirit. In order to enjoy this “special” time of year, you may need to make adjustments to help unwind and be both physically and mentally ready for days to come. As I’m sure you’re thinking: “Easier said than done.” But learning how to relax doesn’t have to be as difficult as it’s made out to be.


Here are 4 tips to ensure that you will be feeling refreshed and rejuvenated before Santa comes sliding down your chimney:


  • Just Breathe…


You know, that instinctive biological activity your lungs do every few seconds. But it turns out that when feelings of stress and pressure to put on a smile ensue, breathing becomes far more difficult. And the great thing about this alleviating activity is that you can practice meditation and paced breathing anytime, anywhere.


Focus on settling your mind by thinking consciously of your surroundings. Deeply inhale through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth. Repeat these steps 10 times whenever stress surfaces or just whenever you have a free moment.


  • Juice Away the Pain


If you haven’t yet indulged yourself in the refreshingly deliciousness of mixed raw veggies and fresh fruit in the morning, you’re doing your body and mind a disservice. Regular juicing blends a potent effect of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients and minerals to help ease the mind, energize the body and promote feelings of wellbeing and serenity.


  • Unwind with a Holiday Movie or Home Entertainment


Binge watching is all rave these days with the supposedly “Golden Age of Television” upon us. Although this type of activity isn’t advisable for long periods of time, treat yourself with a holiday classic or funny flick to help get you out of your funk. If watching television isn’t necessarily your cup of tea, you may not have been aware of the fantastic and diverse programming that’s available nowadays.


For example, packages with DIRECT TV are specifically designed to appease the pickiest of TV-watchers.  So, slip on a pair of your favorite slippers, wrap yourself around your coziest blanket, turn on the fireplace, make yourself a cup of hot coco and relax with great home entertainment.


  • Get Moving

As important as it is to unwind and put your feet up on the couch, it’s just as crucial to do the opposite. Sports and physical activity release a plethora of endorphins and other feel-good chemicals that are naturally stored in your brain. A hearty workout will help to not only burn off fat, but also adrenaline, cortisol and anxiety. Invest 20 minutes out your day to being outside, or inside if weather conditions prohibit, and get your butt moving. Your mind and body will happily thank you with the reward of feeling good and energized to tackle the holidays.





Sarah Pinkerton

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