Tips for Dealing with Holiday Stress
Though the Holidays can be a magical time to celebrate with the ones we love, it can also be an incredible stressful time. So, let’s explore some ways to ease the stress this year.
Top Tips for Dealing with Holiday Stress
Are you drinking enough water? If you’re like most people, probably not. Dehydration wreaks all sorts of havoc on your body, and a good portion of those negative side effects have an impact on your mood. Headaches, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance do absolutely nothing to ease your stress. So in between your sips of spiked eggnog, make sure you’re drinking water too!
You can hydrate with food too, you know! When you’re eyeing the snacks at the holiday party, keep in mind that most fruits and vegetables have a high water content; especially berries, citrus fruits, cucumbers, and tomatoes!
Exercise and Stretch
Basically, any form of physical activity can act as an effective stress reliever. Reduce stress and stimulate an endorphin rush by taking a morning run in the hours before your flight! Or if you really don’t have the time or means to do that, just do short bursts of physical activity when you have a moment. If wrapping gifts is giving you a headache, give yourself a break and do some jump squats!
And when your body is all warmed up, don’t forget to stretch!
Easier said than done during a stressful week, I know, but do try to get enough sleep. Adequate rest encourages the brain to release serotonin, the chemical that stabilizes the mood and promotes an overall sense of wellbeing.
If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, read this article about the art of rest for some tips on how to remedy it.
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It’s not just a great gift idea for your loved one. Treat yourself to the gift of relaxation to quell the holiday stress!
Stay happy and healthy!
Author, Licensed Massage Therapist
Katrina Jenkins graduated from Towson University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and worked as a nurse’s aide briefly before pursuing her true passion. She graduated from the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in April 2016 with honors and completed the Touch of Healers Scholarship Program the following summer. She has been a part of the Moyer Total Wellness Team since the summer of 2017.