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How to De-Stress During the Holidays

Everyone loves the holiday season. It’s a great time to catch up with family, spend some quality time with your loved ones, and practice kindness. It’s the season of joy and giving and we love to count down the days until it arrives. Unfortunately, once it does get here, many people start getting stressed. Family time comes with planning, cleaning, cooking, shopping, organizing, and sometimes, all around craziness. It’s no wonder the holidays have become synonymous with anxiety. While you might not always feel all that jolly during the jolliest time of the year, we can help. Here are some great tips on how to de-stress during the holidays and enjoy the time you have with your favorite, or not-so-favorite, people.

  1. Accept What You Can’t Change

There are some things that we just can’t change—including who our family is. Accept the things you cannot change and be mindful of your surroundings. Try to find the best in every situation, even if you feel like pulling your hair out. If things don’t go as planned, don’t worry. Just enjoy the ride and try not to focus on things that go wrong.

  1. Do Less

Stop overscheduling yourself. Commit to what you want to do and practice saying no to things you don’t. It’s not the end of the world if you can’t make every holiday party or don’t have the resources to cook for hundreds of people. Do less and enjoy more.

  1. Focus on Quality Time

When you’re surrounded by people you love, focus on spending time with them rather than making sure the evening goes perfectly. Don’t lose sight of what really counts during these holiday months. Even if you’re stressed, be mindful and think about the positives.

  1. Be Kind

Take a little extra time to practice kindness. Not only will it brighten someone’s day, you’ll feel better. Don’t get frustrated with others and instead, try responding with kindness. You’ll walk away feeling refreshed instead of angry. Believe us, you can ruin a whole day if you get stuck on other people’s attitudes.

  1. Give Back

If you really want to take some time to de-stress your holidays, some time to volunteer and give back to those less fortunate than you. Volunteering during the holidays is a great way to stay mindful; just don’t overdo it. Pick one or two holiday volunteer jobs that you are passionate about and don’t try to stuff your schedule.

  1. Get Some Sunlight

Winter months mean shorter days, so don’t sacrifice sunlight by staying cooped up all day. Get out of the house, take a walk, and just enjoy the sunlight. The vitamin D will do your body, and mind, good.

  1. Take the Time to Rest

If you start feeling burnt out, stop. Take a minute, or a day, to rest. Don’t feel like you need to go, go, go all day, every day. You deserve some rest and if you don’t stop to take some, you’ll just end up more miserable.

  1. Exercise or Practice Yoga

Hitting the gym is one of the best ways to reduce stress. You’ll walk out feeling refreshed and able to tackle anything. It doesn’t have to be a long workout, but try to get some moderate exercise at least 3 days a week for about 30 minutes.

If you want to boost your stress-fighting mindset even more, pair your exercise with some yoga. You don’t have to go to a class to reap the benefits of mindful stretching. Check out some great videos online and add them to your exercise routine.

  1. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

What better way to practice self-love and a calm, stress-free environment than with a trip to the spa? Splurge a little and treat yourself to a facial and/or massage. There are so many health benefits associated with getting a massage, including a reduction in overall stress and anxiety, better sleep, muscle relaxation, and lower blood pressure. Massages also help boost your body’s immune system, which is perfect for combating winter illnesses.

Stress takes a toll on your body, both physically and mentally. Getting a massage or facial can help you manage. Rather than pushing yourself into delirium this holiday season, treat yourself to a massage or facial from Willow Massage + Spa. We offer a wide range of massage styles to help accommodate different needs and lifestyles, including those battling holiday stress. Regardless of if you’re just trying to relax or if you want to improve your overall health, Willow Massage + Spa has something for you. To learn more about all of the massage styles we offer, or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at 480-696-3132.

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