At this time of year it can be easy to turn into “Ho Ho Ho” in “Go, Go, Go!” To transform. You walk around, overbooked with daily tasks, overburdened with obligations, overspending, overeating and just feeling everything upset? If that sounds like you, help is on the way! Continue reading to learn these 12 tips for stress relief on vacation.
1. Take a break – with music!
Make a holiday song playlist and listen to music, relax and enjoy it. Listening to music can lower stress hormone levels in the body and lower blood pressure, respiratory rate and heart rate, and reduce anxiety.
2. Play like a child
If there is snow on the ground, make a snowman or become a snow angel. If snow does not appear this season, play with the kids. Through playful movement and activity our “feel-good” hormones are released, the so-called endorphins. An added benefit of playing with children is that we smile more and believe it or not, that alone is a great deal of stress relief!
3. It’s ok, single task
Instead of multitasking all the time, try to focus on what you do instead of thinking about everything else you need to do. Whether it’s decorating or making treats, try to enjoy the colors, laughter, smells, tastes, and memories of happy times rather than running from one task to the next.
4. Disconnect the connector.
For a special day, separate from the time stressors of the answer to your work email or sms and go back to the days when you personally communicated, checked (in your spare time) letters from the post office, and called or answered phone calls Your landline for your convenience. This allows your mind to relax and reduce its high alarm status.
5. Bring nature inside.
Look out the window, take a deep breath and look at the birds, the wildlife and the colors of the sky. This allows the mind to wander and imagine. Fir Wreaths, which are available from most Christmas tree dealers, are also a natural “mood lift” from Mother Nature herself.
Gratitude adds perspective and helps us to focus on what is “good” in our lives.
7. Learn to say “no”
Remove the gift of guilt by taking your time and enjoying the holiday season yourself. Deciding not only to “yes” to any request you receive can prevent you from over-promising, over-promising, and over-subscribing. You are a human – not a superwoman.
8. Get your Zzzzz’s
Consistent and quality sleep is heart-healthy and will improve your overall health and immune system, improve memory and concentration and help prevent weight gain, as well as taking you through the holiday season without having a nervous breakdown!
9. Eat right
Eating high quality foods (which are low in sugar, salt, and zero trans fats) such as fruits and vegetables and other high fiber foods will give your body more energy and help you get the vitamins and minerals you need for a better health and a happier holiday season.
10. Try some yoga or tai chi
These two activities can be designed for all fitness and age levels (talk to your doctor about health clearance before enrolling in a class). Both yoga and tai chi improve “functional fitness”. In other words, they improve flexibility, strength and balance, as well as breathing and the ability to concentrate and reduce anxiety. As a result, these activities lower heart rate and improve functional abilities, such as taking grandchildren up, getting up from a sitting position, climbing stairs, climbing stairs, etc., and easing stress during the holiday season.
Giving time for important concerns and for the needy raises the spirits of others as well as you. Volunteering also provides a sense of empowerment, takes focus from us and places it on others.
12. Do you really feel your feelings
This season can bring many memories of happy times as well as grief and loss. Instead of pretending that everything is alright and keeping your feelings hidden deep inside – let them out! Only by releasing these emotions can you move forward in a healthy way.
Happy Holidays to all!