The holiday season can be a stressful time, especially when you’re in the midst of a Life Challenge. Just getting through the holidays can be a challenge in itself! Here are 5 simple ways you can help yourself during the holidays when you’re feeling stressed out:
Drink More Water
Dehydration isn’t limited to hot weather – you can still get dehydrated when it’s cold outside, especially when you’re running around trying to get ready for gatherings or grabbing those last-minute gifts. Carry a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go and strive to drink at least a couple of liters of water every day.
Choose Healthier Food Options During Holiday Gatherings
We know it’s hard to maintain a healthy diet during the holidays (those buffet items and sweet treats are so tempting!). If you’re eating buffet style, scan all the items before you put anything on your plate and fill your plate with the healthiest items available. It’s always ok to splurge a little, so go ahead and grab that piece of pie or jelly roll, but remember that moderation is the key to not overdoing it!
Write Down your Gratitudes
Carve a few minutes out of your day to make note of the things, events, and people you’re grateful for. It’s a small thing, but it has a huge impact on your well-being. Remembering the items that you’re grateful for will help you feel more appreciation and notice the things that make you happy.
Instead of parking yourself on the couch after your holiday feast, get out and enjoy nature! Whether you do it alone or with loved ones, a walk around the block or a short hike isn’t just good for your physical well-being, it also has a ton of mental health benefits!
Breathe Often and Deeply
Take a minute to take a breath! Deep breathing has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and it can give your immune system a boost. It doesn’t just feel good, there’s science behind it – deep breathing disrupts the stress response and activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which can decrease heart rate and blood pressure.
Using even one of these methods to reduce stress and improve your well-being will make a difference during the holidays, and combining these stress-reducing tactics will really make a difference in your stress levels!