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How To Deal With Holiday Stress

Posted Nov 13 2009 10:00pm

Holiday Stress by hushed_lavinia on Flickr Do you find yourself worn out and feeling sick despite the fun and merriment during the holidays? Well, something is not right and you don’t have to ask your doctor to tell what’s wrong.

The physical and mental burden of trying to get all things done during the holiday season – the shopping, cooking, baking, decorating, etc., causes stress. And once you try to stop bustling around, still you can’t get your body to relax.

I’m sure a lot of people can relate to what I’m talking about. Don’t worry, there are strategies that can bring back your body to a calm state. Here are Ann Brown’s Spa tips for healthy and happy holidays:

Take a multi-vitamin daily, and if you feel sick, try elderberry supplements. Elderberries have been a folk remedy for centuries and have recently been investigated more thoroughly for their medicinal benefits. Elderberries bolster the immune system and can help alleviate the symptoms and shorten the duration of coughs, colds and flu.

Have a cup of tea. You’ll find hot tea served at many spas, but it’s not served only to pamper guests. Studies link drinking tea to numerous health benefits such as cancer and heart disease, prevention, strengthening bones, improving digestion, and strengthening the immune system.

Take a calming breath. Breath in through your nose for a count of four. Hold for a moment, then exhale slowly for a count of eight. Repeat three times. You should notice your heart rate slow, as a result of the conscious, calming breath. Your muscles should relax, and your blood pressure will decrease.

Take control over your to do list. Don’t go to bed mulling over the multitude of tasks that await you tomorrow. Keep a notepad beside your bed and jot down what you must get done. By physically putting them down a list, you free yourself from worrying about them.

Stick to your regular exercise routine, or take an invigorating walk. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies show that moderate exercisers get 20 to 30 percent fewer colds than non-exercisers do. As an additional bonus, if you get your heart pumping, you’ll also start pumping endorphins. Hit the gym, or better yet – go for a walk outdoors and soak up vitamin D from the sunshine. Add a few layers to stay warm, protect your extremities with a hat and gloves, and don’t forget sunscreen.

But if you don’t want to load up your skin with harmful chemicals from sunscreen, eat plenty of healthy foods that boost your natural sun protection.

Don’t let the stress stop you from having fun. Enjoy the holidays!

Image by hushed_lavinia.

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