We all know the holidays are extremely stressful.
You’re already trying to eat right…and maintain your exercise program…
Now, you’re adding shopping, traveling, and going to family functions. It can be quite a drag on your time and your mental health.
And when this happens…you could be useless to your friends, family…even your co-workers.
So what can you do to maintain your mental health throughout the holidays?
Follow these tips:
Manage your stress
Keep your routines the same (or as close as possible)
Practice Daily Stress Relieving Techniques, like yoga or meditation
Spend some time with those you want to spend time with
Understand when you need time alone
Even though we may not be able to completely control what goes on around us…
We can control things to keep ourselves sane. And one of the best ways to do this is through exercise.
Exercise helps lower stress, balances out important hormones, and improves memory, concentration, and focus.
All which you need during the holiday season.
So what should you be doing? According to the American Council on Sports Medicine, you should be:
Participate in moderate exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Participate in vigorous-intensity exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week
Participate in strength training at a minimum of 3 days each week
I will personally add in 5 to 10 minutes of meditation, yoga, or other mindfulness exercises each day to clear my head, reduce stress, and maintain balance throughout the holiday season.
The holidays can be stressful. There is a lot to do, and not much time to do it. But, the holidays can also be one of the best times of year—since you’re immersed in the spirit of giving.
Although it can be stressful, you need to keep in mind your mental health and manage your stress—before it becomes a problem.
I hope that these tips help you control your stress—so you can maintain a happy, healthy holiday season.
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