During the holiday season we are all pressed for time, but stress can turn you into a "bah humbugging" Scrooge. One thing that is guaranteed to help is exercise.
It is true that moderate exercise can improve your mood. Instead of thinking of your workout as something you need to check off your to-do list, remember exercise is great coping mechanism for stress. I have also found when I am in a mental pinch — at a loss of what to buy my nephews for Christmas, can't remember where I put the holiday cards, not sure how to handle my out-of-town guest list — exercise helps. Moving my body frees my mind, as well as lifts my spirit, and the answers often just come. And even if I don't find solutions to all my problems, post-workout I am a lot less stressed by them. How about you?