Did you know the average American spends 42 hours a year on holiday activities? That’s equivalent to one standard work week that is spent shopping, wrapping, returning presents, attending holiday parties, cooking and traveling. Talk about stressful!
Holiday stress can take many forms. Don’t let it ruin your cheery mood this holiday season! Here are some tips to help you relax this holiday season.
1. Don’t skip meals or snacks.
2. Stay active
When you exercise, your brain releases multiple mood-enhancing chemicals that can help relieve the effects of stress. Aim for at least 20 minutes of aerobic or core-strengthening exercise 5 days a week. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, get up a half hour earlier and do an at-home exercise routine or devote part of your lunch break to taking a power walk. Why not get a few co-workers to join you! The more the merrier!
4. Practice relaxation or meditation
5. Manage your to-do list