The most wonderful time of year has arrived, and with it comes the not-so-wonderful added holiday stress in nearly every aspect of our lives, from back-to-back social events, to end of year work obligations. While our normal bodily stress response is triggered an estimated 60 times on a regular day, one can only imagine what it’s like with added seasonal stress.
Here are five essential remedies to help you cope with holiday stress, and thrive during the hectic holiday season.
5 Tips to Beat Holiday Stress
1. YOU Come First on your List
In the midst of making your list and checking it twice, it’s easy to forget the most valuable person on your list- YOU.
There are ways to recognize the warning signs of when too much stress creates excess cortisol (a primary stress hormone). Some of the warning signs include: mental responses such as worry and anxiety about life and physical symptoms such as digestive distress.
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Here are a few self-love approaches you can use:
- Taking time to plan and prioritize your day
- Enjoying a cup of green tea
- Scheduling a massage
- Taking a hot shower or bubble bath
- Curling up under your favorite cozy winter blanket with a good book
- Listening to music
- Setting a reminder to eat every 3-4 hours and including protein with every meal
- Getting enough sleep
2. Unplug. Have “Face” Time Instead!
No, we’re not talking about the iconic Apple app for video chat, known as Face Time.
We’re so heavily dependent on technology throughout the year, why not use this month to appreciate real, face-to-face communication with friends and loved ones? Spending time with others on this level can even add years to your life.
Connecting physically or emotionally increases oxytocin, a stress-reducing hormone related to bonding. Likewise, talking with a loved one decreases cortisol, increases endorphins and oxytocin, relaxes muscles, and improves mood.
3. Boost Brainpower and Beat Holiday Stress with Superfoods
While it’s not mandatory to give up your holiday favorites, one of the best ways to alleviate stress is by focusing on brain boosting superfoods that boast incredible