As the holidays come to a close take a moment to breathe in and breathe out because you almost made it. Though the holidays are filled with love and laughter they can be extremely stressful. Stress can really dampen your mood and bring others down as well. It is important to address stress before it effects others, especially your children. Your feelings of being burnt out may transfer to your children and they themselves may become stressed as well. Also, as New Year’s resolutions formulate, feeling stressed can lower your chances of accomplishing your goals. It’s not fun to feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable especially when we are in the “most wonderful time of the year.”
When you begin to feel stressed know that not relaxing can lead to some unpleasant things. Some common effects of stress include headaches, muscle tension, and sleep problems. There are others such as anxiety, sadness, overeating or under eating, and angry outbursts. During the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year these consequences of stress are not helpful and can do some damage to your body as well as your relationship with others.
It is important to manage your stress in a healthy way. Living a stress free life is not very possible, but minimizing the stress in your life can be easier than you think!
Here are some ideas to reduce your stress level:
-take deep breaths
-avoid excessive caffeine
-eat healthy, eating right can make you feel rejuvenated
-take time to relax even for five minutes, sit back and just rest your mind and body
-become more physically active, this will help you feel good and can burn off some steam
-try yoga, tai chi, or meditation to slow yourself down and relax
-smile, laugh and enjoy the day!