Stress Management Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season
As the hectic holiday season gets into full swing, the effects of stress can begin to take over your health. The holidays are a common source of stress for American adults, so this time of year can mark the beginning of short- and long-term health problems. You can be holiday-ready this year by utilizing some stress management techniques to keep you happy and healthy through this busy season.
Get more exercise
Physical activity is an excellent stress management technique, because it produces mood-elevating hormones that counter the effects of cortisol, which is also known as the stress hormone. Plus, regular exercise will lead to better sleep at night, and this promotes stress relief.
Take time for yourself
When your calendar is filled with social events and family gatherings, it can be difficult to take the time to relax on your own. Still, it is important to reserve time to meditate, take a hot bath, get a massage, or even read a book. These activities will help ease physical and emotional stress so you are ready to take on your tight holiday schedule.
Limit alcohol consumption
During holiday festivities, it may be tempting to use alcohol for stress relief, but it can perpetuate stress rather than reduce it. While indulging in the occasional spirit will not have a significant impact on your health, drinking excessively can lead to depression, anxiety, and more serious mental health issues. When you do choose to enjoy a festive beverage, be sure that you have a designated driver to get you home safely.
For more help managing holiday stress and staying healthy all year long, visit MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. With meditation and yoga classes taking place through November and December, you can add some healthy fun to your holiday season. Learn more about these and other H2U classes on our website or by calling us at (702) 233-5474.