Saturday, January 16, 2010

10 Tips To Reduce Holiday Stress

I got interested upon reading this 10 tips on how to reduce holiday stress. That's why I decided to share this tips to all my friends in blogging. I got this from a health magazine and posted it here. I hope it can help you reduce stress and enjoy the life better.
1. Get organized- create a checklist and prioritize items in a way that will go you the most time with family and friends.
2. Bye Caffeine- limiting your intake of caffeine, sugar and alcohol will improve your physical response to stress, anxiety and restlessness. Take opportunity to enjoy other yummy treats like eggnog and sider but don't forget to keep drinking water.
3. Say hello to supplements- keep your immune system strong with ginseng, royal jelly and Echinacea in the weeks leading up to the holidays.
4. Just say no- learn to pass on extraneous responsibilities, the added stress will only make you feel like your being pulled in different directions.
5. Schedule some zzz's - try to fit in extra sleep and short naps whenever possible to keep your energy flowing. Sometimes 15 minutes will do.
6. Thank you- expressing gratitude in little ways like personalizing greeting cards will give you time to think about those that you care for the most and be thankful for both the good and the bad experiences that made life interesting this past year.
7. Catch 5 - take 5 minutes out of your day and practice deep belly breathing. This will calm your nervous system and keep focused throughout the day. When possible add some music and light candles for better ambiance.
8. Walk it off- grab some outdoor gear and take a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes to work of stress. Other good stress busters include gym, swimming, dancing and sports.
9. Pick your parties wisely- get a calendar and list all your party invites against your to do list and attend accordingly. this will prevent you from feeling pulled in all directions and you'll actually look forward to the get together.
10. Get Pampered- book a facial, take a bath, get a pedicure or whatever it is that relaxes you. The holidays are a great time to reward yourself for all the work done throughout the year.