Feeling the stress of the holiday season? Most people tend to get overwhelmed during the happiest time of the year. On the other hand, when you think about all the diet-busting parties that are back to back every holiday season not to mention the crowds and the shopping, it is no wonder stress is at an all time high for most people during this time. As a matter of fact most folks would agree that the happiest time of the year just does not seem that joyful for more than just a few people. In order to beat the blues and remain energized, healthy and happy this holiday season, there are a few tried and tested tips you can put into effect starting now.
Less is More
During the holiday season, many people tend to try and please others and this has a tendency to go overboard. Attending every event, sending cards, cooking and shopping all tend to take its toll. Rather, say no a few times to engagements and for once, take some time out to focus on just yourself and getting some much needed me-time.
The Hoku Spot
Between your thumb and forefinger is a fleshy portion that can reduce tension and stress in the body. All you need to do is to firmly apply pressure for half a minute according to traditional Chinese medicine. If the chaos of the holidays is beginning to get to you and your upper body starts feeling tension and stress, it is time to take deep breaths as you squeeze the hoku spot and feel the almost-immediate relief.
The Plant Extract 5 HTP
Have you heard of 5 HTP? This plant extract is thought to improve sleep, reduce anxiety and increase levels of serotonin. Take one hundred fifty milligrams each day of 5 HTP and make sure you discuss it with your health care practitioner if you are also taking other medication at the moment.
Walk It Off
The repetition and rhythm of walking tends to have an effect on your brain that is utterly tranquilizing. Not only does this improve sleep, it also increases anxiety. In other words, when you take a daily brisk walk outdoors for even just thirty minutes, you might be amazed at the positive effect this has on your overall health and mood. Remember to dress warmly during cold weather and keep yourself hydrated at all times.
Sniff a Lemon
Certain fragrances that come from citrus fruit such as limes or lemons increase the norepinephrine levels in the body, which is a mood-affecting hormone. Tuck some lemon-scented hankies in your pockets and pillows to get an all-day uplifting mood-enhancing effect.
Bask in Sunshine
Not only dues light from the sun relieve SAD which is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, it also helps in the stimulation of serotonin production. In order for symptoms of SAD to dissipate, it is a good idea to sit by a window or even think about spending a few minutes outdoors if possible.