The holidays can often bring about an increased pace and with that can come feelings of anxiety and/or depression. The increased demands of shopping, cooking, and entertaining, or current stressors of poor health or a loved one's health, all can become unmanageable during this time.
With some practical tips and things to keep in mind this holiday, you can minimize the stress and maybe even enjoy the magical season.
Don't abandon healthy eating habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.
Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Find an activity you enjoy. Take a break by yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
5. Include regular physical activity in your daily routine. Or try deep- breathing exercises, meditation or yoga. Even if these aren't part of your usual routines, adding in 10 minutes a day during the holidays will help! It is never too late to start.
6. Be mindful about bedtime routines for yourself and your family. Everyone manages better when they have good restorative sleep.
Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. Over time the ability to recognize your triggers for the holiday blues can enable you to plan ahead, stay positive, and enjoy the holiday season!
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