Crowds, traffic, shopping– we know– it’s all very stressful. Whether it’s money issues, family issues, or just being too busy, the holidays can be an especially stressful time. Take a deep breath– we’re here to help with some great advice on getting rid of the stress that ultimately comes along with the holidays.
Get Some Sun
Seasonal Affective Disorder impacts millions of Americans every year. If you’re feeling sad, chances are it could be from being cramped up in your house. Vitamin D can do a ton of good for your body and mind. We suggest you get out of the house for at least 30 minutes a day. Take a walk, run or hike and you’ll feel much better.
Clear Your Schedule
We know it’s not completely practically to clear your schedule, but you can avoid overbooking yourself. Say no to anything you aren’t excited about going to. Overbooking yourself is a great way to stress yourself out. Be mindful and make plenty of time for yourself.
Laughing provides great therapeutic benefits. It calms your heart rate and sends a signal to your brain that you’re happy. It also reduces stress hormones. This holiday season make sure to do more of the things that make you laugh, and spend more time with the people who crack you up.
Turn Off Your Phone
It’s very rare these days to have time with your family, uninterrupted.
What better time to turn your gadgets off than during a holiday family get-together? Enjoy spending time with your family and friends without worrying about what you have to do tomorrow, or what deadline you have to meet at work.
Just thinking negative thoughts can trigger your body’s stress response, just like a real threat. By thinking positive, you can trick your body and mind to help you cope. Do your best to stay positive and it will be reflected in your mood.
Get A Massage
Who doesn’t love a good massage? In 2006, 39 million Americans had at least one massage, according to a nationwide survey by the American Massage Therapy Association. That’s one for every six adults!
There’s a good reason for this. Massages provide great therapeutic benefits and can also help relieve stress. If you can, try and get at least one massage this month.
Listen To Music
Research from the University of Maryland shows that hearing music you love can relax blood vessels and increase blood flow. Not only does it does it help to get rid off stress, it’s good for your heart, too.
Take Time Off
Taking time off is strongly recommended if you want to help lower your stress levels. Being too busy with work and the holidays can overwhelm anyone. Take a vacation if possible, and at the very least– take a few days off.
Endorphins are amazing things, and research has found that workouts can boost your mood for up to 12 hours! Going for a run, or hitting the gym can actually make you feel better and less stressed. Even if you don’t feel like doing it, try and make sure you exercise at least three times a week.
Try Them All
We hope we’ve motivated you to get out there and feel better. It’s important to remember to enjoy the holidays and the time you have with your family. Let stress take a backseat this holiday season.
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, practicing in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.