8 Ways to Relieve Stress This Holiday Season
The holidays can be the perfect time for family fun, tasty treats, and seasonal traditions. Despite all the good things that come along with the holidays, many people experience higher levels of stress at this time of year. A 2015 Healthline survey found that 62% of respondents had higher stress levels around the holidays (Edwards). Not all causes of stress can be eliminated, but there are a few different things people can do to easily relieve some of their holiday-induced stress. Here is a list of 8 different things that will reduce tension and can help ensure a happy and healthy holiday season.
- Take a walk. Going for a walk will give you a chance to clear your mind and to forget about your troubles. A half-hour walk should be long enough to get your blood flowing and decrease your anxiety (Pawlik-Kienlen).
- Listen to music. Listening to music that you enjoy will help lower your blood pressure and your heart rate. Tired of all the Christmas songs that are playing on every radio station? Switch to something you enjoy rather than something that reminds you of what’s stressing you out! Music helps relieve tension and singing along to your favorite songs is a simple way to relax. (Moninger)
- Don’t overfill your schedule. The holiday season is a time for generosity but don’t spread yourself thin. It’s okay to say no to things and to be choosy about where you spend your time. Try to find a balance between doing things for others and doing things for your own enjoyment. (Pawlik-Kienlen)
- Think positively. Sometimes you can improve a situation just by changing your own perspective on it. Try to find the good in every situation and decrease the number of negative thoughts you have. This will help relieve the stress you put on yourself and will surely relieve any stress you bring onto others (Bennett).
- Talk to someone. Talk to someone who is close to you about what is troubling you. Not only will having someone listen while you talk about your stress make you feel better, but they may be able to offer a helpful solution (Moninger).
- Eat a balanced diet. Sugary treats are extra tempting during the holidays but don’t go overboard. Healthy foods like plants and lean proteins will give you more energy and won’t leave you feeling guilty (Bennett).
- Meditate. Meditation will help you become present and can relieve anxiety. Find a quiet place and sit straight up while focusing on your breathing. Taking a few moments each day to practice meditating can help you make it through the holidays and start the new year with a positive outlook (Moninger).
- Use a Kozi wrap! Our wraps help soothe aching muscles and support relaxation. You can create a relaxing afternoon for yourself by curling up with a good book or by watching your favorite movie while lounging in our Neck and Shoulder Wrap.
Resources: Edwards, Scott. “Holiday Stress and the Brain.” Harvard Medical School, http://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/holiday-stress-and-brain. Accessed 6 Dec. 2018.
Moninger, Jeannette. “10 Relaxation Techniques That Zap Stress Fast.” WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spot#1. Accessed 6 Dec. 2018.
Bennett, Connie. “7 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress.” Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/smart-habits-highly-successful-people/200912/7-tips-relieve-holiday-stress. Accessed 6 Dec. 2018.
Pawlik-Kienlen, Laurie. “25 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress.” Health, https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20306655,00.html. Accessed 6 Dec. 2018.