4 Healthy Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress
Between all the traveling, shopping, hosting and spending time with outspoken relatives, the holidays can be a stressful season. If your go-to stress solution involves bad habits -- like junk food or copious amounts of alcohol, these healthy tips and habits for holiday stress relief can help you ensure that all is calm, all is bright this season!
Don’t be afraid to say “no”
Parties, potlucks, gift exchanges, parades -- there are so many activities going on during the holidays. And while there are some you probably shouldn’t skip (your kiddo’s winter recital, for example), are you absolutely required to participate in your second cousin’s caroling choir? Don’t be afraid to say “no” to invitations and requests, even if people try to make you feel guilty for turning it down. (You can use this same advice for avoiding holiday temptations, too!)
Take a little “me” time
When you turn down that caroling invitation and find yourself at home on a Friday night, take a little time to indulge in self-care activities. Instead of gorging on hot fast food, soothe your stress with a hot bubble bath. Watch a favorite movie or indulge in a glass of wine (yes, a single glass -- moderation is key!) while leisurely wrapping gifts. The goal is to treat yourself to something special (and healthy) that will help you relax and unwind.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
This may seem like “duh” advice, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in the little details and annoyances of the holiday season. Four strings of lights are out on your tree, you can’t find a parking spot at the mall, the stores are crowded and you spilled hot cocoa on your favorite jacket. Combined, these small snafus may send you into a stress-induced tizzy -- stop and evaluate each situation separately, remembering that they’re all minor and temporary.
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