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How to De-Stress During the Holidays!

Lori works in the human resources department for NEMHS. She graduated from Thomas College with a bachelor's degree in communications and PR.

Just Try to Relax

Learning how to relax is very important. One technique is imagining a peaceful place in your mind and thinking of all the sights, sounds, and smells of that place. You can practice deep breathing with a focus on slow, deep, regular breaths, or tensing and relaxing the muscles in your body. If none of these strategies work for you, find a way to relax that does. Whatever you do, take time to de-stress.

Listen to Music

If you are a music lover, play your favorite type of music and just enjoy yourself! Music can help relax and put you in a better mood after a long, stressful day. While planning what you will be bringing for Thanksgiving dinner with your family, play some relaxing music! When wrapping presents for Christmas, play some fun Christmas music to put you in the Christmas spirit!

Find a Fun Hobby

Find a hobby that will distract you from stressing about the little things around the holiday season. Make your living space more festive by creating your own decorations! After a long day at work, finding something that brings you joy at the end of the day is all that matters. Take an hour out of your day to relax and do something creative!

Try Meditation

A great way to de-stress is to meditate. This might not be the first choice someone would think of to help de-stress, but it can really help! You can do this yourself at home or go to a meditation class. This will allow your muscles to relax and once you are no longer so tense, you will start to feel better. Meditating at least once a week can help you stay stress-free!

Try Therapy

Sometimes it takes another person to help you de-stress. A therapy session might be helpful to bring you back to a stress-free environment. Find out what is really making you stressed and find ways to help eliminate that feeling. Having a therapist to listen can be a great help in going through this process.

Stay Motivated

Motivate yourself! If you are stressing about the large list of things you need to complete before the holidays, then tackle one item every day! Stop putting things off, the more you get done sooner, the better you will feel. It might take a friend to help motivate you. Use the buddy system! Make lists together and help each other get through them. If you have someone in your corner pushing you along the way, you will be more successful in the end.

Get Out of Town

Take a vacation! Get away from the stressful environment for a week and travel. Sometimes it takes leaving to clear your mind and de-stress. Once you get back, you will be in a better frame of mind to finish what you need to get done before the holidays. Take a break from your normal routine and mix it up! Go with a friend so you can enjoy the company while you are away. Everyone needs a break every once in a while.

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Start an Exercise Routine

Work out your stress through a nice, sweaty workout! Sometimes going for a long run or a walk outside in nature can help with your stress. Appreciate nature and your surroundings while you are going for that walk. Fresh air can do wonders. Exercising will help keep you motivated to do other things and will give you energy throughout your day.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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