One of the most stressful times of the year for most people are only a few short weeks away. Don’t let stress mess with the feel-good holiday feelings! Take a few of the tips that guest blogger, Stu Lieberman, shares with us today and keep the holiday spirit alive for the entire month of December!
The holidays are supposed to be a time of goodwill and cheer, right? Well, maybe for some. But for others it’s a time for stress. Lots of stress. There are gifts to buy. Food to prepare. And let’s not forget about the extended family time that can make you feel like hiding out in the bathroom.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has found that nearly half of all women in the United States experience heightened stress during the holidays. And what do these women rely on to get them through the holidays? 41 percent of women use food and 28 percent use alcohol as comforting mechanisms during that time.
It’s impossible to avoid all stress. But how you deal with stress can make a great difference in your health. Here are five stress-busting tips to help you get through the holidays.
- Shake it Off. Dancing, or really any exercise that gets your body moving, helps your brain release feel good chemicals that brighten your mood. When you start to feel tense or down, crank up the radio and start shaking that stress away. You can even get your kids involved. My girls love our little “dance parties” and just watching them laugh and have a good time always makes me feel better. If dancing doesn’t appeal to you try getting outside for a walk, or hit the stairs and walk a few flights.
- Listen to Some Soothing Music. The holidays are filled with music. But if you feel like pulling your hair out when you hear “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” over and over again, it’s time to change the channel. Research has found that listening to soothing music can reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and help ease anxiety. Try listening to nature sounds, like a rolling brook or chirping birds. Or, switch to the classical music station to help you relax and ease your stress.
- Rub the Stress Away. Several studies have found that massage is an effective way to reduce stress, reduce pain, and ease tension. Plus, it feels great! Take an hour out of your busy schedule and get a massage. Spas can be pricey, so ask for recommendations from family or friends for a masseuse who works out of their home. Maybe you’ll find someone who will even come to you. You can search for licensed massage therapists on the American Massage Therapy Association website.
- Spend Some Time with a Furry Friend. Petting a cat or dog offers real health benefits for humans. It can slow your heart rate and helps release “feel good” hormones. Interacting with a pet may even lower your blood pressure. If you don’t have a cat or dog, consider volunteering some time in a local animal shelter. They can often use the extra help during the holidays when their regular staff is taking time off.
- Have a Good Laugh. Laughing lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol and boosts those “feel good” endorphins. Check out a funny movie or television show. Or, for a quick laugh, find some funny video clips online.
About the Author
This article is written by + Stu Lieberman the writer for Nutri-Health.com, an online High Quality Health Supplements such as PQQ. Assisting people and helping them find quality natural health supplements online is what Stu has been doing for over 3 years. Nutri-Health.com carries Digestive Supplements to Probiotics to Joint Health.
Do you have any stress-busting ideas that help you enjoy the holidays more fully?