The holidays are upon us! While some may count this season as one of the most magical, others may consider the holidays the most stressful. And rightfully so. It’s one of the busiest times of year and often a time when we are thinking about others more so than we think about ourselves.
Holiday stress can play a heavy toll on the body and have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. We’ve come up with some simple ways to avoid stress and help keep you happy and healthy this season.
Wait, we know what you’re thinking. Not that kind of drink unfortunately. What we’re talking about is drinking WATER. Dehydration is often only thought about during summer months when the sun is hot, activity levels have increased, or when we’re slathering on the deodorant. But hydration should be considered a year-round effort. Even though temperatures are much cooler, your body still needs enough water to function.Colder months bring drier air and less daylight. The result in the change of climate requires the body to work harder and can cause us to feel sluggish and run-down, evening lead to muscle fatigue! The body uses water to regulate its core temperature and without it, would not be able to adjust in a healthy way. Less exposure to sunlight can cause vitamin D levels to plummet and bring the immune system down, leaving us more susceptible to illness. When you drink plenty of water, you can actually help your body fight through these side effects, keeping your blood and tissues well-nourished while your body is working extra hard.
Perspiration tends to turn to water vapor very quickly, and extra layers of clothing—combined with drier air—can cause our bodies to dehydrate without us even really noticing its happening. Most of us aren’t moving or as active as we are in the summer so we may not even feel thirsty. It’s a scary combination and we often times don’t realize our bodies are in need until we get sick.
A few simple ways to combat dehydration are to make sure you’re drinking at least half your body weight in water each day. Avoid sugary drinks, limit caffeine and alcohol, and sip on as much tea and warm water with lemon as you can. Your body will thank you.
- Take A Trip
….to the spa! We talk a lot about self-care and the importance of taking time to do something for yourself, but let’s be honest, it’s hard! Between shopping, cooking, decorating and running around, who has the time?Here’s a little trick: how much time do you spend mindlessly scrolling through social media or watching TV? Or anything that isn’t adding productivity or value to you day? Add those minutes or hours up and you may be surprised how much time is wasted. That time could be better spent doing something positive for your health. Just one 60-minute massage on a regular basis can leave you feeling relaxed, less stressed, and in less pain. Regular massage is even known to boost the immune system, perfect during winter months!
- Stick with Your Routine
Get organized! The more you can plan ahead, the easier it will be to manage unexpected or additional duties. Deviating too much from your normal routine or adding too many commitments can send your stress levels skyrocketing out of control. Go easy on the holiday sweets and follow a balanced diet. Exercise regularly to help maintain your energy level during a busier schedule. Allowing yourself to say ‘no’ and consciously not feeling obligated to commit to too much can also help with holiday stress.
The holidays are supposed to be a joyful and peaceful season. Make the most of it! Taking care of yourself is the best gift you can give to loved ones around you.