By: Annie Morgan
The holidays are a fun time, but they can also bring on an enormous amount of holiday stress.
From overbearing relatives to financial difficulties – it’s easy to see how one’s health could suffer this holiday season from all the mental stress and pressure.
Even worse – the lack of sleep and healthy eating is a double blow to the body – but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Instead, you can manage your holiday stress in a healthy way before it gets the best of you.
Check out our top holidays stress busters below.
When it all gets to be too much, sometimes you need to go to a quiet place and just meditate.
Remember to take deep breaths – yes it might seem like second nature but when the body is worked up and your cortisol is flowing – your body turns into fight or flight mode – and taking deep relaxing breaths can help calm you down.
It’s also critical to train your body how to fight back against anxiety in real time.
Make meditation part of your everyday health routine for optimal results.
Get Your Blood Moving
It’s critical when you are stressed to let out all that pent-up energy!
If you’re a runner – go for a morning or evening run. Prefer to stay warm? Consider taking a group class at your local gym.
A good workout will release endorphins throughout your body, which naturally helps you feel good.
As a bonus, you’ll be tired after so you’ll sleep better at night.
Do Not Binge!
If you’re a stress eater, you’ll be tempted to eat a pile of cookies or a few bowls of ice cream to feel better – but don’t do it!
Sugar is addictive and causes inflammation in the body, and while your brain might trick you into thinking you “feel better” – you’ll actually end up feeling worse.
If you are tempted to stress eat – get all the extra junk out of your home – don’t even buy it!
Instead, opt for healthy keto-friendly items.
Giving your body the nutrients it needs to perform and function well is the best thing you can do when you are feeling stressed out.
Take A Mental Health Day
With all the craziness of the holiday season – you might just need a day off to do absolutely nothing.
It’s better to take a day off and sleep in and relax instead of pushing yourself to the breaking point and burning out.
Feel free to say no to extra invites out and use a sick day to take a day off work if you need it.
You’ll be amazed at what even one day of self-care will do to the body and soul!
Even better if you can swing it – take a vacation!
This holiday season is a joyful time, but if you aren’t careful it can lead to anxiety and stress.
So while you take care of your loved ones this season, make sure you have time to take care of yourself too!
What do you find to be the most stressful part about the holiday season?
Do you have some helpful ways you manage stress during the holidays?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know helpful ways to deal with holiday stress!