Coping with Stress This Holiday Season
The holiday season is here and, for many people, that means stress. Money worries, time commitments, family issues and many other matters can cause stress during this season. Stress is harmful to our overall health. Not only does it cause emotional and mental difficulties, but too much stress can also have negative physical affects.
The good news is that there is something you can do about it.
Living a healthy lifestyle and practicing healthy habits can help reduce stress this holiday season. Doing so can also help you cope with the stress that will inevitably occur.
Here are a few ways that you can reduce stress this holiday season.
Do Some Physical Activity
During the holiday season, we tend to forego regular exercise. We’re busy and tired and there’s just too much else to do. Unfortunately, skipping physical activity can actually make it more difficult to deal with stress. Several studies that have shown that regular physical activity can relieve both physical and mental tension.
While it can be tough to fit regular exercise into a busy holiday schedule, it is certainly worth it to do so.
Eat Proper Meals
With holiday parties and other social events, it’s sometimes tempting to start skipping meals. However, doing so increases the likelihood that you’ll overeat when attending a social function. You’ll also be more likely to eat unhealthy food when you do. A nutritious diet doesn’t just help you maintain a healthy body weight, but it can also make it easier to focus on tasks and healthy eating gives you more energy, which is helpful during this often hectic time.
Having a schedule and sticking to it can help you find the time you need to exercise and to eat healthy meals. At the end of each week, write down a schedule for the following week and be sure to include time for exercise and meal prep. This can help you stay focused, healthy and sane during the holidays.
Avoid Excessive Drinking
At most holiday social functions, there will be alcohol. However, there are a number of health issues associated with consuming too much alcohol. In order to control your drinking, alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and drink plenty of water. Prepare yourself some tasty non-alcoholic drinks so you can still have fun without drinking alcohol. If you’re hosting a party, be sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available.