For a time of year that’s supposed to be about joy and generosity, the holidays sure can be stressful. Between family gatherings, social obligations, and the demand to make the season magical for the kids, you might start to wonder why you even bother. But the holidays should be a time of joy, and with some tried-and-true stress management strategies, they can be again.
The best way to reduce stress is to avoid stressful situations. During the holidays, this isn’t always an option. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the holiday spirit. This article from the University of California, Berkeley, examines the psychology of stress and offers science-backed solutions to make your holiday season more enjoyable.
Stress eating is usually a bad thing, but what if you could combat your stress with tasty, good-for-you foods? Plenty of research shows the direct influence food has on your mental health and well-being. Chamomile tea is a go-to for stressful days, and eating oatmeal for breakfast can lead to more positive mornings. Snacking on a blood orange can help you get through a taxing meal with the in-laws. Check out Health.com to read about all the snacks you need to have a stress-free holiday.
If you already struggle to make time for exercise during the rest of the year, working out during the holidays may seem impossible. But it’s important to stay active. A lack of exercise will do a number on your health, and realizing you haven’t exercised in a few weeks will only add to your seasonal stress. What’s more, staying active has been shown to improve mood and reduce stress overall!
Just For Fun: 32 Things You Didn’t Know About The Holiday Season
There are a lot of reasons the holidays can be stressful, but there are also a lot of reason to celebrate! Remember what’s fun about the holidays with these seasonal fun facts.
Here’s to a more relaxing holiday season,