The holidays should be a time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the time spent with family and friends. Unfortunately, for some, the holidays can be the most stressful time of the year instead of the most wonderful. Constant rushing, parking space battles, endless lists, and obligations add to the stress. In addition, some people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, due to the decrease in hours of sunlight. There are some ways to combat these stressors.
Take Time for Yourself
Easier said than done. We tend to focus so much of our efforts on those around us. But, taking even just 10 minutes for yourself will help to recharge your batteries. Read a few pages out of your favorite book, soak in a tub, do some at-home stretching, learn something new, or go for a walk in the fresh air.
It might seem like just one more thing on your list, but when you take the time to serve someone else, you forget about yourself. Take family and friends with you and make it a group effort. Spread holiday cheer to others!
Don't turn to stress eating when things get hard. Choose better-for-you alternatives if you must snack. Craving those salty, crunchy potato chips? Turn to hummus and carrots. Substitute your go-to for something more nutritious. And, of course, make sure you are getting proper vitamins and nutrients which will also help with SAD.
Count Your Blessings Over Worries
Practicing gratitude is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Make a list of things you are thankful for and people you love! For extra credit, reach out and tell those people you love them. Guided meditation and Qi Gong are great ways to stay centered over the holidays.
Increasing endorphins through exercise fights off those stress-induced negative feelings. Which in turns helps you to accomplish more things on your to-do list.
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