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November 27, 2016

Have a Stress-free Holiday

The holiday season brings additional stressors into your already stressed life. Between juggling work schedules to cover absent employees and additional demands on your personal time, it’s no wonder you’re stressed almost to the breaking point.

This year take charge of your time and beat holiday stress with these tips.holiday-stress1

  • Exercise. Regular exercise is a great de-stressor. It releases a cocktail of healthy chemicals into your bloodstream and relieves the pressure you’re under.
  • Evaluate your priorities. Not everything has to be done or done by you. Focus on what you can reasonably accomplish without beating yourself up, and delegate or delete anything you don’t have to do.
  • Party in moderation. There’s a temptation to over-indulge at this time, but it’s important to limit your intake of rich food and drink. Decide where you want to spend your calories and balance those laden platters and glasses with healthy ones.
  • Stay present.You feel stress when you are preoccupied with everything you have to do in the future rather than focusing on what you’re doing in the present. When you’re with family and friends, be present with them and avoid thinking and worrying about all you have to do.
  • Take time for yourself. Sit back, breathe deeply, and just let everything go. Meditate for 5, 10, or 15 minutes a day or just take a relaxing walk around the block. The key is to give yourself time to do nothing—and especially not thinking about all you have to do!

The holiday season is the time to deepen your personal and professional relationships, so don’t invite stress to the celebrations.

 

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