How to Clear the Christmas Stress

The Christmas Rush can seem crazy. Everybody is hustling and bustling to grab gifts for their friends and family. Major holidays can prove to be some of the most stressful times of the year. In fact, because of the demanding nature of big holidays due to shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining guests, most Americans don’t take the time to de-stress! Here’s a couple of tips for the upcoming Christmas Craziness!

Take a Breather. If you’re overwhelmed with constant pressure, it could be healthy and smart to take a solid breather. Even if you’re really rushed on time, taking a simple 5 minute break to meditate can help improve mood and focus. Here’s a blog on how to relieve stress when crunched on time! If you don’t even have the time to read the article, it simply suggests that doing simple stress relief activities such as taking a walk, consuming something healthy, listening to music, meditating, or getting a massage have enormous health and mental benefits. Remember that your own physical and mental health is the most important. These are proven ways to improve your day through psychological and bodily resets that can give you that refreshing boost to get through the rest of that shopping list! Besides, you’ve probably earned yourself a break..

Continue Doing Regular & Healthy Routines. When you’re busy buying gifts and running errands all over town, it can be easy to forget to make time for yourself to do what you normally do. Keeping a regular schedule for yourself during the holiday season is important to helping you feel more like yourself. This is especially important with exercise and eating habits. If you don’t exercise regularly, here are some quick beginner moves to help you kick start a routine! Beyond the obvious physical benefits, exercise can “increase one’s sense of well-being, mood state, self-esteem, stress responsivity, (and) body image, as well as decreased depression and anxiety,” says Jesse Pittsley, PhD, a spokesperson for the American Society for Exercise Physiologists. So next time you’re feeling down and overwhelmed, take a run around the neighborhood!

Stay Away from Toxic Individuals. Family may be family but some individuals are not good for your health. The additional mental and psychological stress definitely won’t help you get that Christmas tree up. So what can you do? The best thing is to avoid them individuals altogether until after the Christmas Craziness has settled if they have proven to just be a mental burden. “There’s this idea that holiday gatherings with family are supposed to be joyful and stress-free,” says Ken Duckworth, MD, medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “That’s not the case. Family relationships are complicated. But that’s doesn’t mean that the solution is to skip the holidays entirely.” If you’re unsure if a family member is being toxic, here’s a guide on toxic people and their habits. Your own mental and physical health is important. Don’t let a few bad apples ruin your holiday spirit!

If you would like to relieve some of that Christmas stress or would like to be healthier, check out what massages can do for you! There are many types of massages with different benefits. If you would like more information on massages or would like to order a massage on-the-go, check out the rest of FeelXtra‘s website.

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