5 Tips for Beating Holiday Stress

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5 Tips for Beating Holiday Stress

While the holidays “Tis the season to be jolly”, it can be far from that for many people. It can be a season filled with additional stress. BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. There are things you can do to prevent excess stress and enjoy the season.

While the holidays “Tis the season to be jolly”, it can be far from that for many people. It can be a season filled with additional stress. BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. There are things you can do to prevent excess stress and enjoy the season.

 

Here are 5 ways to keep the “jolly” in your festive holidays:

 

Control your eating instead of letting it control you.

With office parties, holiday meals and various festive gatherings, it is easy to overeat … only just to feel guilty later. Curb your appetite by eating a light snack before going to a party. Another tactic is to bring a healthful dish for everyone to enjoy. At least you’ll have one thing there that you can eat without guilt.

 

Get adequate sleep.

Not getting enough sleep can put any of us in a foul mood. With all of the holiday activities and late-night parties, it is easy to get sleep deprived during this time of the year. Besides not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain, something most of us are trying to avoid this time of year.

 

Exercise.

By exercising at least three times per week for at least a half-hour at a time, you’ll be able to burn off some of the extra calories you are consuming. It is a simple process of burning off the same number of calories that you are taking in to maintain your current weight. This time of year you may have to exercise more times and for longer periods. Plus exercising releases the hormone endorphin which will improve your mood.

 

Avoid typical holiday stress triggers.

We all have them. Things that when happen induce that “fight or flight” response, thereby increasing our stress level. If things typically in the past around this time of year send you into a downward spiral, vow to avoid these triggers this year if you can. Some things are outside of your control, but many aren’t. Don’t let those things control you – you control them by not putting yourself in those situations in the first place.

 

Plan ahead.

Holiday shopping, going to parties, rushing here and there only adds stress to what can be a stressful time of year anyway. Plan out this time of year the best you can, so you have time to do what you have to do. Getting behind and feeling rushed can be one stress trigger you can avoid this year.

 

The festive holiday season is a great time of year. This year make the most of it by using these 5 tips to make it as enjoyable and “jolly” as you can.

 

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