It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving has come and gone. We’re on the heels of Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. I absolutely love the holiday season. As we know, all to well, stress can be a major factor for most people. Holiday parties, shopping, family visiting and traveling can place a lot of stress on us.
How can we decrease stress during the holidays? Here are a few tips on how to maintain a healthy mind and body…
Exercise. Do your best not to deviate from your regular exercise routine. If anything, it may be the best time to add an extra day. Yoga is a fabulous way to relax, unwind, stress less, breathe, and improve your overall health. Take brisk walks or go for a hike. Enjoying the outdoors is refreshing and can help your stress levels.
Plan accordingly. Remain organized especially this time of year. Nothing is worse than retracing your steps or doing something twice simply because you did not schedule yourself properly.
Don’t over commit. Commit to only the things you want to do. It’s no fun feeling pressured or not wanting to be in a certain place simply because you were pressured.
Don’t spend more than what you can afford. If you’re charging up your credit cards with debt this can add stress in the future. Financial stress is a huge burden and can be avoided if you spend within your budget.
Commit to personal time. Taking a time out for you is essential. Be mindful that a healthier more present you will be better for everyone around you. If you do not take time for yourself you may feel overwhelmed leading to stress.
Avoid overeating and drinking. Overeating will pack on the pounds and make you feel lousy. Drinking to much alcohol will dehydrate and make you feel lethargic. There is no reward in either one. Be conservative with both your eating and drinking.
Begin to implement these strategies and your holiday season will be as relaxing as you allow it to be. Be mindful to enjoy your time as well. It’s easy to get caught up doing for others. Remember to do for you too.
Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga and www.bronwynison.com 760-564(YOGA)