Handling Holiday Stress
The holidays can be a stressful time - particularly during times as challenging as these. Holidays can be a constant milieu of stressful social situations, responsibilities and even financial commitments.
That doesn't mean you have to let it get you down.
There are a number of things you can do to reduce stress and increase your enjoyment of the holidays. In this article, we'll run through a few quick tried and tested techniques for limiting stress. While these tactics generally work regardless of when they're employed, dedicating time to them can make a dramatic difference to your holiday experience.
Keep a good attitude
It's easy to get down in the dumps when you're surrounded by people struggling with the current state of affairs. Don't let yourself be dragged down. Remember, first of all, that it’s natural to feel upset - there's anything wrong with them.
If you keep a positive attitude, you'll help everyone around you have a better time. Be grateful for what you have - while things are tough right now, there are plenty of people out there who would love to trade places with you.
At the end of the day, if you’re reading this article, at least you have a roof over your head and food on the table. There are people out there who struggle for that on a daily basis. Don't forget to really take time, be mindful and feel a sense of thankfulness for that.
Take a few minutes every day to reflect on and be grateful for the things you do have.
Get some exercise and fresh air - daily
Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress and improve your mood. Whether it’s going for a jog or upping those dog walks, try to do anything (in line with current restrictions) that gets your heart pumping. Even a short walk every day will make a big difference in how you feel.
If possible, go outside instead of walking on a treadmill or running on a track inside - it’ll make all the difference in how you feel afterwards!
Eating well is one of the easiest, yet also easily-neglected, ways to keep your stress levels down. You'll feel better and have more energy if you maintain a healthy diet. Don’t use the holiday season as an excuse to start eating poorly - nothing will derail your health and mental wellness more.
Don't forget to drink plenty of water as well. It's easy to get dehydrated during the holidays, so make sure you’re drinking at least 2 liters of water every day.
Get plenty of sleep
This is an important yet oft-forgotten one! If you're tired, it's going to be hard to enjoy yourself. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night, even if it means going to bed early or getting up early.
Yes - even if it means putting down that last glass of egg-nog, apologizing to the family and clocking out early.
Trust us, it’s worth it.
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