We all look forward to the holiday season, but that doesn't mean it isn't tiring and stressful too. Of course, if you cancel all of your commitments, set yourself to a plan and a budget, and refuse to overwhelm yourself, you'll be probably be able to relax a little bit. Unfortunately, it’s not so simple for most of us.
So, if you’re wondering how to manage the holiday stress this season, check out our favorite tips pulled from this article below.
Soak up some sun
While the winter months can be frigid, they are not always as devoid of shining sun as we sometimes remember. Judith Orloff, MD (an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles) recommends a few minutes outside on sunny days. You’ll stimulate the production of serotonin and even relief some of the symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder), which impacts millions every year.
Take a whiff of citrus
Did you know that some citrus fragrances can boost feelings of well-being and relief stress? This article shows that exposure to this particular fragrance will up levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood. Wondering how to combine these scents with the holidays? Whip up these cleaners to spread the scent around your home, or dab a little bit of citrus essential oil on a handkerchief that you can carry with you on the go.
Spoil yourself with a little sweetness
Spread a little honey on morning toast or mix it into a little tea for an instant kick of energy. Plus, research shows that its antioxidant and antibacterial properties may improve your immunity. Here’s a tip: The darker the honey, the more powerful the antioxidant punch.
Your recipe for relaxation
While we love the sweetness of honey, we don’t recommend overly sugary foods, which can cause you to crash. Instead, turn to the sweetness of mangoes. Their sweet, tangy scent – whether they’re fresh or jarred – may alter your blood chemistry and send a way of calm over your body. Check out this article on the other benefits mangos can provide.
Walk away from worries
According to wellness expert Ann Kulze, MD, “the rhythm and repetition of walking has a tranquilizing effect on your brain, and it decreases anxiety and improves sleep.” It also has the added benefit of giving you the silence you might need during a long day of shopping and family chatter.
No matter how you manage the holiday stress, remember to breathe and enjoy your season of giving with friends and family. As one might say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year – and you deserve to enjoy it.