7 Ways to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

  1. Get moving – Exercise is a great way to feel good and relieve stress. Discover which workouts you enjoy most and incorporate them into your weekly calendar. The extra endorphin release will naturally boost you mood. If time is limited consider downloading one of the free workout apps or go for a quick walk.
  2. Load up on Vitamin C – Your morning orange juice could do more than just boost your immune system. Research has shown that foods rich in Vitamin C such as peppers, guavas, and kale can help you manage your stress more effectively by helping to lower levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
  3. Organize your workspace – Mess breeds stress. Don’t let your cluttered desk get in the way of a productive workday. Block off half an hour to tackle your workspace. Once your desk is organized, consider adding a plant to the space; incorporating a little greenery into your work environment has been proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and increase positive feelings.
  4. Play with your pet – Research has shown that playing with or petting an animal helps lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety and boost your immunity. A simple game of fetch can elevate your serotonin and dopamine levels – nerve transmitters that are known to have pleasurable and calming properties. So take a few minutes to cuddle your pet. Don’t own a pet, visit a nearby animal shelter and walk or play with pets there.
  5. Listen to classical or relaxing music – If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try listening to some calming music. Studies have found that playing music has a positive effect on the brain and body by lowering blood pressure and reducing your levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
  6. Have a good laugh – Feeling in over your head? Laugh your stress away! Every time you laugh out loud it enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. In fact, Web MD reported that just thinking about having a good laugh is enough to lower your stress hormones. There are plenty of sources for laughter if you search google or facebook.
  7. Take a deep breath – Activate your body’s natural relaxation response by practicing “mindfulness” techniques such as controlled breathing or meditation. Close your eyes and concentrate on taking a few slow, deep breaths. This simple exercise will slow your breathing and decrease your blood pressure, helping calm your body and soothe your mind.

 

Incorporate these little stress-busters into your regular routine to help relieve your stress and maintain a happier, healthier lifestyle.

 

 

Enjoy the Holidays! Relax and have fun with friends and Family! People don’t remember gifts you give as much as the memories you make together!

 

To your success and happiness!

Live Happy! 🙂

 

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