5 Holiday Stress-Busting Tips
Overcrowded shopping malls. Resisting holiday treats. Impressing the in-laws. Yes, we understand how stressful the holidays can be. It can be difficult to put on a positive outlook in a time of seasonal blues. That’s why we’ve complied a list of expert-endorsed tips to fight off holiday stress, courtesy of Health Magazine.
- Walk Away from Worries: Believe it or not, walking around the block and soaking up some sun can improve your mood. The rhythm and repetition of walking has a tranquilizing effect on your brain, and it decreases anxiety and improves sleep.
- Forget Perfection: You don’t have to do it all. Stop obsessing over meaningless things – everyone’s house can be messy from time to time. Focus your energy on spending time with the people who matter.
- Stick to a Daily Routine: Prioritize your day. Don’t squeeze in more than you can chew. Remember it’s okay to slow down a bit.
- Savor a Spicy Meal: Food with a kick of heat triggers the release of endorphins, a natural chemical that provokes the feeling of euphoria and well-being.
- Take a Whiff of Citrus: Researchers had found that certain citrus fragrances increase the levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood.
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