Here are tips for the holiday and keeping stress free. The holidays can be a venture into family dysfunction, overeating, and high spending. It’s a time of increased stress, emotional eating, and Chronic fatigue. Below are ten suggestions for stress reduction.
- Sleep when you can. At night, 7 to 9 hours of sleep is generally sufficient amount of sleep time. Sleep deprivation will lead to chronic fatigue which makes the holiday unbearable at times and as the day progresses. Turn off the screen 35-45 minutes before laying down. A hot shower or bath can help you relax and induces sleep.
- Remember to eat your veggies. Eating goodies can lead to chronic fatigue, GI symptoms and depression. Vegetables are a healthy alternative.
- Go for a walk. A walk will increase the intake of oxygen, increase the heart rate, and enhance the mood while decreasing stress. Plus it gets us outside in fresh air.
- Just say “no”. Set and stick to boundaries and make a plan. Like grocery shopping, a list makes it easier to stick to the plan.
- Avoid setting a “Standard of Perfection.” Perfectionism is a cause of stress, anger, and other mental health issues. Remember “Perfection doesn’t exist.”
- Set a budget and stay within that budget.
- Schedule downtime when you can take a deep breath, slow down and relax.
- It is OK to avoid the holidays. Accept your feelings and break free. Allow time to do what you need to do.
- Remember self-care. When you take care of yourself, you can then take better care of your family. It’s ok to decline a party invitations.
- Give. The most meaningful gifts are gifts of time and attention. Gifts are not about how much you spend but, how much of ourselves we are capable of giving to others.
Information is a summation of ACTIVEBEAT. The original uncut version is by Kathi Cameron, MA,RR (Nov. 15, 2015)