Holiday Stress: 5 Super Simple Ways to Feel More Relaxed
HEALTH & WELLNESS
If you're like me, you've probably read plenty of articles about stress—and how (and why) you should relax: do yoga, meditate, deep breathe, etc. While these things can and do help reduce stress, I've always found it stressful to think I have to do these things in order to reduce my tension! For that reason, I've researched ways to reduce stress that don't add anything else to my already-full plate. What I found: there are truly simple ways to lessen anxiety (something I'm prone to during the holidays!). And the best part: they don't involve much effort. What could be better than that?
1) Just say "no".
This is the simplest way to reduce stress as it literally cuts down the unnecessary to-do's on your proverbial plate. We all want to help; this is a wonderful thing, particularly around the holidays—but it's not wonderful if you extend yourself so much that you get sick or irritable or angry. Saying "no" is okay; it doesn't make you a bad person. Pick one (or possibly two) things to contribute to this season and say "no" to all the rest. And don't feel guilty for one second. You're only one person—and can only do so much.
The bottom line when it comes to stress: just enjoy the holidays for what they are—a time to be around family and friends while you have time off from work. At the end of the day, a good laugh among people you love is sometimes the most effective kind of stress relief there is.
Be well—and stay healthy and happy!
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