How to Reduce Stress This Holiday Season
Reduce Stress This Holiday Season. The holidays can be a joyful time of year, but for many of us, the Holiday Season also brings additional stress. Whether you are facing travel time, additional work or family obligations or other stressors, you can plan ahead in order to make this holiday season as stress-free as possible.
Reduce Stress This Holiday
- Plan “Me” Time. The holidays are often a season to celebrate and support others. It is also a time when we tend to spend a lot of time with other people. While some changes in your schedule are unavoidable, make sure to allot some time each week to spend by yourself. Pick something that you really like to do and give yourself an hour to do it. It could be as simple as reading or attending your favorite yoga class. Giving back is wonderful, but we can give more when we take care of ourselves.
- Cut Down on Screens. Screens are stressful. The holidays are all about family, so why not use this as an opportunity to get everyone to put down their phone? Institute game night one night a week or start taking family walks after dinner. You might even start a family tradition that sticks around after the holidays are over!
- Exercise. Movement reduces stress and increases overall health. Exercise may be something that falls by the wayside during the holiday season, so find creative ways to get movement in. Take the whole family sledding, or just get outside and toss around a ball. If it is too cold to go outside, put on the music and have a dance/house-cleaning party.
For more tips on surviving and thriving through your holiday season, set up a free consultation today with KareBoost Health. A change in lifestyle is easier with support, and we are here to support your needs throughout the year.
Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach