How to Have a Stress-Free Holiday
Ahhh the holiday season – it’s the most wonderful time of the year…. or something like that. As magical as the holidays are, many Americans are also faced with an increased level of stress – not only mental stress but physical stress as well. Between holiday shopping, seeing family, holiday traffic, and all the parties that aren’t so diet friendly, this time of year can certainly take a toll on your mental and physical wellbeing. Follow these tips to help manage your stress in the coming weeks.
Increase your Sunlight Exposure
Studies have shown that between 10-20% of Americans suffer from some sort of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Fortunately, for many of us in The Villages, Florida, we get plenty of sunlight but with all of the Holiday to-do’s this time of year we may not be spending enough time outside which can have an impact on your health and wellness.
Because of this, it’s never been more important to spend time outdoors. The Vitamin D found in sunlight increases serotonin, which can greatly improve your mood. Be sure to spend a little time outside or near a sunny window!
If you struggle with high blood pressure, the two biggest factors that can increase your blood pressure are poor eating habits high-stress levels. You might also recognize that these are two things that are certainly abundant around this time of year.
Not only can exercising lower your overall blood pressure and anxiety levels, but it’s also extremely important for maintaining a healthy body. If you suffer from back pain or joint pain, moderate exercise such as biking and jogging can do wonders to relieve your pain.
Furthermore, exercising outdoors can allow you to get that wonderful Vitamin D we talked about above!
Keep your Daily Routine
One thing that can drastically lower your stress levels is keeping a routine. Routines can certainly be hard this time of year, especially if you’ll be travelling. If you’re going out of town this holiday season, be sure to make arrangements to squeeze in your daily routines – whether that’s your morning coffee and newspaper or walking the dog. During the craziness of the holidays, your routines might be the only constant you have – don’t sacrifice them.
Turn off the Distractions
For many people, the Holiday season is the busiest time of the year, especially when it comes to work. The fiscal year is coming to a close, you have to work extra hard to make up for the time you’ll lose during your Christmas break, the list goes on and on. This time of year, it’s never been more important to leave work at work. If possible, turn off your phone and don’t check your email during your break. Whatever it is can wait until you’re back at work. Focus on spending quality time with your loved ones.
Of all the things we’ve talked about, nothing is as beneficial as giving your time to something beyond yourself – and what better opportunity to volunteer than Christmas! Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army or check out VolunteerMatch to explore the perfect organization to volunteer your time.
Give in to Temptations
If you’re trying to lose weight nothing is worse than all of the food at the Holiday parties. Instead of worrying about over-eating or denying yourself, eat a salad or other veggies before heading out and allow yourself to eat a small plate while at the party. And, be careful of the beverages, one glass of one can have over 150 calories! Alternating between alcoholic beverages and water can not only help your waistline but can help you avoid a hangover as well!
For many people, the holiday season means can be an all time high for back pain, neck pain, and other joint pain – many times brought on by stress. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, take time to relieve your pain. The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages community is devoted to the nonsurgical treatment of chronic pain. It’s time to get back on the road to recovery and the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic can help you do just that. Give us a call at (352) 430 – 2121 today.