7 Ways to Relieve Stress Over the Holiday Season

by | Dec 28, 2016

Often the stress of the holiday season and the end of the year workload can build up causing lack of sleep and excessive tension in our bodies. Here are seven ways to help you relieve some of the stress so you can return to work feeling fresh and rejuvenated after your break and even more creative than ever.

Spend time alone

During the Christmas and New Year period, we spend a lot of time catching up with friends and family to celebrate the holiday festivities and the year ahead. Try to plan for times each day when it is just you, focusing on something that you love to do. A little bit of time can go a long way to relieving stress and increasing happiness. Read a book, go for a walk, nap or prepare yourself a little snack and enjoy the moment. Once you get in the habit of doing this without guilt, you will find it easier to continue with the practice in the future.

Exercise to decrease stress levels

We all need a bit of exercise to feel healthy and happy. It is great for your self-esteem and self-image and a wonderful mood enhancer. Whether you love to cycle, go to the gym, attend a yoga class or walk around the block, a burst of regular activity will benefit your mind and body. It can have a positive effect on anxiety and depression and reduce the risk of getting ill from chronic diseases.

Establish regular sleep patterns

While you may be staying up late to see in the new year, establishing regular sleep patterns are a must to ensure a sharp and focused mind. If you are experiencing sleep issues, it might be time to cut down on caffeine and establish more relaxing bedtime rituals. Avoid large meals at night, limit light in the evenings and ban the use of electronics in bed.

Go tech free

We are so used to being switched on all year round, that it can be hard to disconnect from the laptops and phones. Why not try to limit them over the holidays and even switch them off for extended periods. You will find that you can concentrate more deeply on the task and hand and reconnect with your friends and family without the constant beep of interruptions.

Get out of the house

Sometimes just getting out of the house can do you a world of good. Go window shopping, take in a movie, book a pedicure, walk around the block or visit a friend. A change of scenery can clear the head and relax your mind. The new year period can often involve a lot of extra chores, such as extended cooking and cleaning – so take a break and enjoy a change of scenery where possible.

Don’t over schedule

Guilt plays a part in much of what we do over the holiday period. We feel that because we are not at work we must make an effort to catch up with all those long lost relatives and friends that we have not seen in ages. Remember, however, that in order for you to benefit from your holiday, you must find plenty of time for yourself and your family. Quiet time is particularly needed during this busy time of year.

Plan a holiday

While Christmas at home can be fun, it can also be stressful. Why not give yourself something to look forward to by planning a real break. Is there somewhere you have been meaning to travel to and haven’t had the chance? Let 2017 be your year! Give yourself something to look forward to after your return to work by planning that tropical vacation or international getaway. We need goals and travel can bring months of happiness before, during and after your trip.

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