Holiday season in the Northshore is upon us, and while it is considered the most wonderful time of the year, it is also the most stressful. The Homewatch CareGivers Northshore team put together some ways you can minimize stress in the upcoming weeks.
Sometimes just stopping what you are doing and taking a minute to breath helps you reset and feel a little more like yourself. Take time to sit down, close your eyes, take deep breaths to get oxygen flowing through your body, and clear your mind. Once your mind has cleared, you will be able to reflect on the stressful matters and tackle them head on.
Turn Up the Music
Another thing you can do if you are feeling stressed during the holiday season is listen to music. Classical music, opera, show tunes, jazz—whatever the genre may be, try to let loose and enjoy the music. Listening to relaxing music has a positive effect on your mind and body, helps lower blood pressure, and lowers some of the hormones in your body related to stress.
Phone a Friend
If you are a person that needs to vent, call a good friend to discuss what is bothering you. In order to live a healthy lifestyle, it is important that you have people you can speak with to find some relief. Friends and family members help put things into perspective and calm you down when you feel like you are going to lose it.
What makes you laugh? Whether it is watching a funny comedy movie or listening to a comedy show on the radio, it will help shift your mood towards a more positive one. When we laugh, we release endorphins which trick our bodies into feeling happy. Laughing decreases the hormones associated with stress, and therefore, alleviates some of the stress you might be feeling.
Work it out
Just like laughing, your body releases endorphins when you exercise. Walking around the block, lifting weights, biking, following along with your favorite Richard Simmons exercise video—anything that gets your blood pumping will release those endorphins and decrease your stress.
It is very difficult to control stress, but there are ways for us to better manage it. Do not allow the holiday stress to affect your well-being, as your heath is important to those around you. In the upcoming weeks make it a priority to alleviate any stress you may feel, because it will help make this holiday season a more enjoyable one.