What is usually called “The most wonderful time of the year” can sometimes be thought of as “the most stressful times of the year”—especially depending on the myriad of different situations that you might have to deal with within any given holiday season! Keeping stress-free is more than just keeping yourself happy, but it also can contribute to your overall health as well! But luckily there are a few ways that you can help yourself prevent becoming stressed, and hopefully help boost your mood too!
A great—and usually overlooked way to keep stress-levels at bay is to stay hydrated! Keeping your body fully hydrated helps your brain functioning through replenishing electrolytes—and doing so can help improve your overall mood due to these physical effects! On top of staying hydrated, regularly exercising is another way to help reduce stress during the holidays! Although it is cold outside for the most part, find things to do around your house that requires some physical activity!
Spending time with others is another great way to reduce stress, and since family will probably be around during the holidays this can easily be accomplished! Just ask some family members if they have some free time and if they are up to do something fun—you might be surprised how much fun, and decompressing, family time can be!
Pampering yourself is another great way to reduce stress, taking a warm bath or shower, having a warm drink, or eating a nice meal are all great ways to do this! During the holidays we start to lose focus on ourselves sometimes, always keep some time for yourself to enjoy and relax!