While the holidays can be a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, they can also be stressful for many people. From the stress of cooking and buying gifts, to the busy schedules and financial strain, it can be hard for many people to relax and enjoy this time of year. Luckily, with some simple tips, you can reduce stress and enjoy this holiday season with the ones you love. Read along for ways you can reduce holiday stress this year.
Listen to Music
When you have some downtime, a great way to unwind is by listening to music. Studies show listening to music can calm your nervous system and lower cortisol levels, both of which can help reduce stress. Take a break from Christmas carols and opt for something soft and soothing to help you relax this year.
Get Some Fresh Air
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with a house full of people or a to-do list that is a mile long, it may be a good idea to bundle up and spend some time outside. Studies have shown there are many benefits to spending time outdoors, including lowering your blood pressure and stress hormones, helping you relax.
One of the best ways to reduce stress any time of the year is through exercise. Not only is exercise necessary for your physical health, it is extremely beneficial for your mental health. Even if you don’t have time to get to the gym during the week, a walk around the neighborhood, an at-home workout, or a yoga class can get your blood pumping and ease your mind.
While it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is important to make sure you are taking time for yourself to rest and relax. Whether you like to unwind by reading a book, catching up on your favorite TV show, or practicing meditation, it is important to set aside time for yourself to let your mind and body reset.
Limit Your Time on Social Media
If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, it is a good idea to stay off social media. Scrolling through your feed and seeing everyone’s “perfect” holiday photos can add to your stress and make you feel like you’re not doing enough. It is important to remember that social media only shows a small portion of someone’s life and does not show the full picture. While it may be tough, your mental health will benefit from a break from social media.
Remember What’s Important
Instead of focusing on everything that needs to be done and holiday shopping, try to focus on what’s truly important during this season. Make time for the people you love and try to be truly present in the moment. Chances are, you won’t remember everything you stressed over, but you will remember the memories you make with family and friends.
Don’t let this season of celebration become a time filled with stress and dread. As the stress builds, remember these tips and find ways that work for you to unwind and take care of yourself ensuring you’re enjoying the holidays with the ones you love. From everyone here at Southwoods Health, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!