This holiday season we polled our therapists to see how they avoid holiday stress. As wellness practitioners and proponents of avoiding stress, we find the holidays a difficult time for clients to resist temptation, avoid family and work stress, and stick to their routines. If you have been stuck inside because of the freezing cold lately and confronted with the endless temptation to eat lots of sweets, you’re not alone! Try some or all of our tips below to warm up and stay happy and healthy this winter and holiday season:
- Stay Close to Family and Friends
First, we suggest putting down your smartphone and enjoying some rest and relaxation with your closest friends. Spend time you’re your closest friends and be patient with your family. It’s all about being grateful when you’re surrounded by a close-knit community.
- Prepare for the Holidays with Friends
What better way to enjoy the tasks you have to get done than surrounded by your friends. Call you friends over for a card writing party, or spend the afternoon making cookies and treats for gifts. You’ll get to share ideas, discuss the latest in your lives, and prep for the holidays.
- Don’t Forget to Get Enough Sleep
It’s finally time to make sleep a priority, and we know, much easier said than done. But, think about it this way - when you get enough sleep you are less likely to overeat, you are more able to handle stress, and your focus will stay sharp throughout the day.
- Do Your Best to Eat Healthy – Most of the Time
It’s the best time of year for delicious, home cooked food. Unfortunately, most holiday treats and traditional foods are heavy on the butter and sugar, and light on “healthy”. Try to add extra servings of these options during meals or while snacking; Omega-3s, fiber rich fruits and veggies, and antioxidant rich foods like blueberries.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
It’s easy to feel stressed this time of year, however, recognizing that you can forget about the small challenges or stressors will make your holiday season much lighter and brighter. Try meditating at least five minutes a day or taking time for yourself, you’ll enjoy yourself and your time with friends and family.
From all of us at Elements Massage, have the happiest of holiday seasons!