The holidays are almost here! This is a joyous time when friends and family gather to make new memories. For many, the holidays can also bring an unwanted guest – stress. At HHHunt, we believe it’s how you live that matters and that means taking care of our whole body, physical and mental. We’ve put together a list of recommendations so that you can spend this holiday season stress-free.
- Don’t Abandon Healthy Eating Habits: The holidays always signify parties or events – lots of them. It can be easy to overindulge. Try eating a healthy snack before going to events. This will help control your hunger. Believe it or not, over-eating is one of the biggest causes of stress during the holidays.
- Take Breaks: It is easy to get caught up in all of the activities around the holiday season, but we often neglect to take time for ourselves. Be sure to map out some downtime to reflect, reduce anxiety and soak in all of the wonderful things about the season.
- Remember to Exercise: The shorter days and colder temperatures force many of us indoors during the winter months. That does not mean that you should abandon physical activity. If you are willing to brave the cold, take a long walk or bike-ride so that you can see all of the decorations in your neighborhood. Don’t like the cold? No problem. There are plenty of indoor exercises to keep you healthy and feeling positive like yoga, calisthenics and more!
- Stick to a Normal Routine: This is a tough one. Over the course of a year, we all get into normal routines of work, sleep, exercise, etc. Make sure you stick with that routine – especially sleep. Even though there are a lot of things happing during the holidays, sticking to your normal routine will help you feel better.
- Set a Budget and Stick to It: Money is the leading cause of stress and anxiety in the United States. Don’t let the holiday season catch up with you by spending more than you can afford. Set a very strict budget for yourself now and stick to it. You don’t have to buy everything. Get creative with gifts and decorations by making numerous things yourself. Your family members and friends will appreciate a homemade gift even more knowing you spent the time making it.
The holidays are fast approaching. Family and friends should be the focus of the season – not stress.