There’s a long list of gifts to buy, Christmas cards to send out, parties to prepare for, in-laws to deal with … the holiday season can be wonderful, but it also comes with a lot of reasons to stress out. While a small amount of stress can be healthy, a lot of it can be poor for your health and overall wellbeing. This season, rely on these five ways to melt the stress away so you can focus on all the good things about the holidays:
Have to endure political conversations with the in-laws this holiday season? Take out your frustrations with a Chicago group fitness class at CrossTown Fitness. Exercise has been proven to help reduce stress levels. When you work out, your brain releases feel-good neurotransmitters known as endorphins, which can boost your mood. Break a sweat for 50 minutes with any one of our expert personal trainers. Still not ready to go home? Stick around for a mobility class to help you relax and improve your flexibility.
Constant calls, text messages, emails and other alerts on your smartphone tend to only contribute to stress levels. Next time you’re at a get-together with friends or family, consider turning off your phone and simply focusing on enjoying being with the people around you. At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that the holidays are all about your loved ones.
It’s no secret that the holidays are a busy time of year with family get-togethers, work parties, shopping, baking, wrapping presents and more. Don’t hesitate to make time for yourself this season, and say no to things. You don’t have to attend every party or commit to every Facebook event you were invited to. Instead, pick and choose what means most to you, and dedicate the rest of your free time to you.
Listen to Music
Put in your headphones and turn up your favorite tunes, which can help reduce stress. Listening to music that you like can actually increase blood flow and relax blood vessels, which can be calming.
Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. Instead of trying to be Martha Stewart and preparing the entire menu for your annual Christmas party, ask each of your guests to bring something to contribute. This cuts back on your bill and allows you to spend more time with your loved ones rather than cooking in the kitchen.