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10 Tools for dealing with Holiday Stress

52833910The countdown is on, 24 more days, 23 more sleeps and the big day will be here. Where did November go? Time certainly moves quickly in our very busy lives but how do we stay “cool” over the holiday season?

Here are some helpful tools to ensure you manage your stress during this magical time. Relax and Enjoy!

  1. Plan ahead

Plan your visits to shopping centers during the quieter times. Early mornings during the work week often tend to be less busy times with a lower traffic flow allowing you a more relaxed shopping experience.  If you are entertaining, make a list of food and accessories that you need in advance. Make sure you have all the items you need at least 2 days prior so you are not rushed and overwhelmed at the last minute.

  1. Be realistic
    Don’t try to do so much. Fatigue, over scheduling and taking on too much can leave you in a Bah Humbug mood and that’s not what it’s all about. Cook and freeze foods ahead of time, set realistic expectations for yourself and know that it is okay to say no.
  1. Rest and relax
    Get plenty of rest and find time to relax. You will be more focused and more productive in the long run. Even 15 minutes to your self can give you the energy you need to get through the day and help you to feel refreshed.
  1. Delegate
    Recruit your family or friends to help out. Your family can take the pressure off by sharing the work load and helping you get ready. Don’t be afraid to ask others to bring their favourite dish.
  1. Prioritize
    Set priorities, things that absolutely need to get done.
  1. Maintain Healthy Habits
    Watch your diet. Overeating and indulging in sugary foods and drinks will only leave you with a taxed immune system and achy joints. Sugar increased inflammation in the body bringing out arthritic joints.   Get adjusted- stress causes an interrupt with the brain body connection an adjustment turns on this communication.
  1. Take Care
    If you suffer from seasonal effective disorder or depression due to lack of sunlight, increase your vitamin D supplement. Talk to Dr. Erin Johnston for your recommended dosage. Should feelings of hopelessness, sadness, fatigue, or inability to carry out daily routine persist, please speak to us and we would be happy to help you seek the appropriate professional help.
  2. Budget
    Stick to a budget. Going over a budget will create unnecessary stress.
  1. Hydrate & Exercise
    Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Dehydration first occurs in the brain reducing your memory and focus. Don’t forget to exercise; exercise releases feel good hormones. Even a 20 minute walk can do wonders for your mind and body.
  1. Balance
    Keep your expectations balanced. You may not get everything done but surely when it comes down to it that isn’t the real reason behind the season. Slowing down somewhat and adjusting your expectations might be key to actually being “present” for the holidays and enjoying the season.

All the best during this holiday season!

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