The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. There are places to go, presents to buy, in-laws to visit, and not nearly enough time to get it all done!
While entirely avoiding stress entirely might not be possible, there are plenty of ways you can unwind and let go of these overbearing feelings.
Here are 3 ways to de-stress and ensure you're your regular holly, jolly self this holiday season!
We know it's cold outside, but getting out of the house and getting moving is a guaranteed way to become stress free during the holidays.
Exercise is proven to be an effective way of helping relieve feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Exercise improves your body's ability to use oxygen and also causes improved blood flow. On top of that, your brain produces feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins during physical activity. Referred to as a "runners high", you will undoubtedly feel more relaxed after exercising.
Layer up and take a walk in nature, or make your way to the gym and stay on-top of your fitness routine!
There's a reason yoga is widely regarded as one of the best stress relieving activities on the planet. Yoga has the perfect balance of challenging you both physically and mentally. When you practice, your attention quickly goes from everything happening in your life to concentrating on moving into the different postures while focusing on controlling your breath.
The beautiful thing about yoga is it can be practiced from the comfort of your own home! Just make some space, unroll your mat, and namaste the stress away! If you feel like unwinding in a group setting, there are plenty of stress-relieving yoga classes offered at Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club locations.
Make Time for Yourself
This year, gift yourself the present of some much needed and deserved "you time". Between all the running around, gift buying, and celebrations, it can be easy to forget to dedicate time strictly for yourself. While it may seem counter-intuitive to the theme of the season, giving back to yourself is probably one of the best things you can do for your health.
Here are some easy ways to ensure you have time to yourself this holiday:
- Planning for the holidays in advance
- Make a holiday schedule and stick to it
- Limit the number of seasonal activities/events you attend
- Plan get-togethers for the new year
Happy Stress-Free Holidays!