The holidays are supposed to be a time to reflect and rejoice in what you have, what you don’t have, and the knowledge in knowing the difference, right? Unfortunately, for many, the holidays really mean stressful times that seem unavoidable. This is when we overeat, overspend, and give up on the things we love the most-a decision that sometimes involves family members. Don’t stress out this holiday season! Find your own source of happy and make this holiday season about what really matters most.
I’ve written about SAD in a past blog, but it begs to be repeated; if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, do your part in combating the symptoms by hiking or walking during sunlit hours, or sit next to a window in your office. Some of your ability to cope with holiday stress stems from your weakened emotional state. Plus, the rhythm and repetition of walking has a tranquilizing effect on your brain, decreasing anxiety and improving sleep.
Have you ever noticed when you smell an orange or tangerine, you instantly feel more relaxed? Researchers studying depression have found certain citrus fragrances boost feeling of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of norepinephrine. Dab doTerra Citrus Bliss-made of wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, and clementine essential oils with a hint of vanilla-on to a handkerchief for an all-day pick-me-up.
Studies show those who receive massages have fewer medical woes, and less stress than those who don’t. Give yourself (and maybe someone you love) the gift of massage to combat the hectic nature of the season!
If all or any of these don’t remedy your issues, try to scale back on the parties, cookies, wrapping, and whatever else it is that is stressing you out. Turn on some music to alter your mood, turn off the electronics that are keeping you connected to the chaos. Spend time with those you truly love, and make real memories by slowing down and steeping yourself in every moment. That’s what the holidays are really about. Appreciating all you have, enjoying the little things, and keeping an optimistic outlook will help you cope with any challenges-holiday related or not-that come your way!
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