While holiday celebrations can offer time to relax and spend time with friends and family, the reality of preparing for visitors, gift swaps, and feasts can leave even the most organized among us stressed. Is the holiday season making you feel less than jolly? Read on for nine ways to de-stress this holiday.
- Work up a sweat: Feeling anxious, stressed, or just downright cold? Don't forget to exercise. Raising your heartbeat and taking time to zone out with exercise helps relieve stress, anxiety, and tension that can be so prevalent around the holidays.
- Wake up with the sun: Winter months may mean dark evenings, but they also mean a natural alarm clock in the mornings. Keep your curtains slightly open to let natural light seep into your room to wake you up; you can use the extra time to meditate in the morning or feel less frenzied as you get ready for your day.
- Switch off electronics: Having trouble sleeping? It may be because your overworked mind could use a rest. Instead of hunching over your iPad or staring into the TV, unwind with a new relaxing routine before bed. Turn on some holiday tunes and break out the wrapping paper; you'll help your body and mind quiet down in time for sleep while working through your present-wrapping to-do list.
- Take time for tea: It's one of the best ways to de-stress, so keep your teapot handy and stock up with herbal teas to beat Winter blues and help you take a break.
Keep reading for five more ways to de-stress this season.