How to deal with holiday stress

The holiday season begins around Halloween and ends after the New Year. For some people, this is the most stressful time of the year. I will share with you tips that I have used over the years to cope with holiday stress.

1. Meditate

Meditation is the one of the most effective ways to deal with stress. It will help you feel more at peace and relaxed. Even 5 or 10 minutes a day will make a world of difference in your state of mind. You will gain clarity, perspective and balance to deal with the pressure of the holiday.

2. Exercise

Exercise is a great way to deal with tension, spend time with yourself, and boost your energy and mood. All forms of exercise are good, but aerobic exercise is the best when it comes to stress reduction because it produces endorphins. Endorphin is a natural chemical similar to morphine that is released in the brain during strenuous exercise. Endorphin produces a feeling of happiness, thereby reducing stress.

3. Eat healthy

In our frantic rush to complete our holiday shopping and meet other year-end obligations, we tend to neglect healthy eating. My advice is to be mindful of what you are putting in your mouth. If you do eat out, try to pick something healthy. When you eat right, your body will be able to deal with the holiday stress more effectively.

4. Get plenty of sleep

Most people are chronically sleep deprived. This situation is exacerbated during the holiday season. It is important that you try to maintain your sleep schedule during these busy times. Keeping a regular bedtime as well as waking up at the same time every day will help you to sleep better. When you are better rested, you are also better able to cope with stress.

5. Spend time alone

Many of us live in big cities where we are constantly surrounded by people. This is especially true if we have to do some holiday shopping at the mall. Create time for yourself to do the things you love and need to do for your physical and mental wellness. By spending time alone, we gain inner peace and quiet in our life. It is a great way to rejuvenate our mind and spirit.

6. Slow down

In order to go fast in life, you need to slow down. This might sound counter intuitive but it is true. Take time to just do nothing and relax. You will find that you will have more energy and be able to focus better. Your stress level will also be reduced and you tend to be happier.

7. Stay positive

The holidays can be a time of loneliness and sadness for many people. By putting the steps above into practice, you will find that you feel better about yourself and your life. People who practice positive thinking are more likely to have less stress. I recommend that you stop dwelling about the past and worrying about the future. In most cases, there is very little you can do about it anyway. If you live in the present, you will be happier and feel more at peace.