Managing Holiday Stress

Holiday stress may come silently bundled with over-stimulation, financial pressure, and unfulfilled expectations, along with the many occasions for fun and happiness. 

Be realistic, you cannot please everyone. So, don’t try to buy or make gifts for everyone you know. Don’t try to see everyone you know. Live within your budget. Monetary concerns can produce holiday stress that lingers on long after the holidays are over. 

Eat healthfully but don’t deprive yourself of an occasional, moderate treat. How you live “most” of the time determines your lifestyle’s effect on your overall well-being. Drink in moderation (or not at all). Alcohol stresses the body and dehydrates you. So, don’t forget to drink lots of water with your vitamins and nutritional supplements.

Be sure to rest and get adequate amounts of sleep. Cellular repair occurs during deep sleep (typically between 4 and 6 AM). You will be happier and better appreciated if you are not grumpy due to lack of sleep. 

Another way to decrease stress is by getting sufficient exercise. The holidays can bring extra demands on our time and energy. Frequently, we might cut out the time we give ourselves for regular exercise in place of seasonal festivities. Be consistent with your exercise routine.

Make time to genuinely relax. Enjoy your favorite rejuvenating activities; a good book, being with friends or family, seeing a movie, taking a hot bath, going for a walk, meditation, etc.  Whatever relaxes you, incorporate into your schedule – especially during the holidays!

Don’t expect yourself or others to be perfect – it won’t / can’t happen. Take care of yourself. You really have nothing to give others if you are exhausted with holiday stress.

The holidays are meant to bring us together and nurture us.  By taking care of your body, mind, and spirit, you can optimize the possibility of having healthy and gratifying holidays.

And by the way: Chiropractic care can also enhance relaxation and reduce holiday stress.

Happy, healthy, holidays and be well!

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