10 Dec Tips for Beating Holiday Stress
The holiday season is almost here and while many people get caught up in all of the travel, hosting and events associated with this time of year—most people can sum up the holidays with one word: stress. No matter how prepared we feel for the holidays or how hard we try to enjoy this time of year, the holidays can be stressful. And this stress can have a serious impact on your health if you aren’t careful.
The more you can do to beat holiday stress, the better, so take a look at these tips to help you keep that stress at bay all holiday season long.
Get Out and Get Some Sun
While the temperatures may be cool—the holiday season is the best time of year to get outside. Getting in the sun will help stimulate the production of serotonin. This can naturally help you feel good and fight off the unfortunately common seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This type of “seasonal depression” impacts millions of Americans every year, particularly during the holiday season.
This is a great way to help beat off holiday stress—and to get some sunlight if you choose to walk outside. Walking is great exercise, which is known for helping with stress, but the rhythm of a consistently-paced walk can really help with stress as well. It can have a tranquilizing impact on your brain, improve sleep and even help with anxiety.
Stick with a Routine
The holidays can be a stressful time, mostly because the average person tries to squeeze in much more than they can really handle during this time of year. However, it is important to prioritize the activities that you have and make sure that you say “no” to things when it gets to be too much. Your priority should be on sticking with your exercise, sleep and normal eating routine, as getting off schedule can only make stress worse.
Try to Stick to a Healthy Diet
With so many parties, baked goods and sweet treats around at Christmas time, it can be really hard to stick to your normal healthy, balanced diet plan. Do your best to continue eating as healthy as possible. All of the extra sugar and processed foods can only make you feel worse. If you’re craving something sweet—as many people do when they’re stressed, opt for fresh fruit instead of sugary fruit cake.
The more you can do to stay ahead of holiday stress, the better. Stress can have an impact on your immune system, your ability to sleep and your mental health and wellbeing. Don’t let holiday stress get you down and instead use these tips to stay ahead of holiday stress.
If you feel as though holiday stress may be getting you down, causing you to get sick or interrupting your sleep—don’t wait to visit your doctor. You can always call Continuum Internal Medicine at 817-617-8650 to schedule an appointment.