With the holidays soon approaching, November and December can be the busiest, most activity-packed months of the year. And while this should be a time of celebration with family and friends, a time of joy, love and laughter, Instead it often becomes a time of extreme stress and overload.
Use these tips to reduce the stress of the holidays and take time to enjoy the finer things in life:
Regular physical activity is one of the most important ways to keep stress away by clearing your head and lifting your spirits. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins which are natural “feel good” chemicals in the body and leave you with a natural, happy feeling.
The slow movements and controlled postures of yoga improves muscle strength, flexibility, range of motion, balance, breathing, blood circulation and promotes mental focus, clarity and calmness.
Find the Humor in Things
There is truth to the saying that laughter is the best medicine. Laughing reduces stress hormones like adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol. It also benefits your immune system by increasing the number and activity of Natural Killer T-cells. These cells act as the first line of defense against viral attacks and damaged cells.
Eat a High Nutrient Diet
Eating well may be hard to maintain when you are stressed and busy, but maintaining good nutrition is one of the most important things you can do to manage your stress. You should eat foods rich in antioxidants (like vitamins A, C, E and lycopene),omega 3 fatty acids, and folate.
Listen to Music.
Listening to your favorite music is a great method of reducing stress and relieving anxiety. You should select music that promotes tranquility. Pay attention to how you feel when you hear a particular song or genre of music, and keep listening to the ones that produce a relaxing effect.
Get Plenty of Sleep.
Getting enough sound sleep has a profound impact on your stress levels, immune function and disease resistance. Continuous lack of sleep can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, forgetful, accident-prone, and having difficulty concentrating or coping with life’s daily aggravations. Long-term sleep loss can also result in heart disease, stroke, hypertension, depression, and anxiety. Sleep time is when your body and immune system do most of its repairs and rejuvenation. Strive to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Optimism can counteract the negative impact stress, tension and anxiety has on your immune system and well-being. Often it is how you perceive things that determine if you get overwhelmed, both mentally and physically. Having a positive attitude, finding the good in what life throws your way and looking at the bright side of things enhances your ability to effectively manage stress.
Recognizing stress, then taking steps to reduce it, can help you survive the most frenzied season of the year. You may even learn to love the speed bumps, also known as the holidays, once again.
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