The holidays are meant to be a joyful, happy time. Too often the season devolves into a time crunch with a seemingly endless list of tasks to complete, gifts to purchase, and unreasonable expectations.
We’ve put together a list of 5 simple, easy-to-do ways to help manage that stress this season so maybe, just maybe, you get to enjoy the festivities with your family.
1: Take a sunny day hike!
Sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin and helps relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Spend time outdoors or near a sunny window. If you need even more, look into phototherapy, a treatment using a box that emits a full-spectrum light.
2: Take a deep breath!
Citrus fragrances have been found to boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by raising levels of norepinephrine. Dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief and keep in in your pocket for an all-day pick-me-up.
3: Walk away from your worries!
Much like the sunny hike mentioned above, the rhythm of walking in any weather has a calming effect on your brain and can decrease anxiety and improve sleep.
4: Just a little pinch!
There’s a fleshy spot between your index finger and thumb. Applying pressure for 30 seconds can reduce stress and tension in your upper body. Give your hand a squeeze and take a deep breathe.
5: Dip into some honey!
Honey has a myriad of health benefits, including giving us an instant kick when we need it. It’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties may improve immunity. Remember, the darker the honey, the more powerful the punch.
Following the steps above can help prevent stress and depression that can accompany the holiday hustle and bustle. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.