The stressed-out feeling that comes from trying to do too much in too little time. The pressure to spend time with friends and family (when all you may want to do is relax at home with a good book.) The heavy and sweet foods that
How can I relax during the holidays?
Spend time with friends and family, but get your rest too. During the holidays, with all the feasting and family time, it’s easy to forget to actually rest. Here are 6 easy and quick things you can do whether you’re on the go or at home relaxing to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Chew Gum – Chewing is known to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol found in the saliva. To get even more benefit, chew fast rather than slow, as this will give you more of an anxiety-busting effect.
- Check Your Posture – Sitting or standing up straight will relieve pressure on your neck and shoulders, causing a ripple effect through the rest of your body, allowing you to feel less stressed.
- Eat Pumpkin Seeds – High potassium foods, like Pumpkin seeds and bananas, help regulate electrolyte balance and manage blood pressure. These two foods may help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.
- Use Essential Oils – Essential oils like lavender have naturally calming properties. Roll or dab a bit on your pulse points like inside your wrists.
- Get Fresh Air – Oxygen is thought to affect the levels of serotonin released in the body, which will be to contribute to feelings of relaxation.
- Take deep breathes and close your eyes
Limit the optional events
Decide NOW what events and get-togethers are most important to you so that you can more easily say no to those last-minute invites, office events, and dinner parties that leave you feeling drained.
Foods to help reduce stress
Other than pumpkin seeds and bananas, there are several other foods you can eat to help reduce stress.
You may be seeking out some holiday stress relief this time of year. With the 6 easy and quick things I mentioned, there are things you can do to reduce stress and anxiety.