Six Simple Strategies for Stress Free Holidays
Stress Free Holidays: isn’t that an oxymoron? Not if you know these 6 simple strategies!
- BREATHE! As simple as it sounds, when we get stressed, we often hold out breath which increases muscle tension.
- Practice Diaphragmatic Breathing: breathe long and deep, filling your belly and side ribs with air, then slowly exhale twice as long as you inhale (e.g., if you breathe in for 2 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds). Challenge yourself to see how long you can go!
- Download Breathe2Relax or Breathe+ in the app store on your phone for a visual guidance.
- DRINK! Water…not alcohol!
- Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of pure water daily. For every non-water drink you have (coffee, tea, soda, juice, alcohol, etc.), add one more glass.
- Download Plant Nanny… your plant thrives when you drink enough water! Great for kids too!
- SLEEP! 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep
- Practice good sleep hygiene. Turn off all electronics and screens 1 hour before bedtime (no computers, laptops, tablets, phones, etc.). Dim the lights 1 hour prior to bedtime. Establish a routine and go to bed at the same time nightly. Do your breathing exercises (see #1 above) when you lay down. Keep room dark (blackout curtains are amazing!) and cool (between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit). Avoid exercise within 2 hours of bedtime.
- Downloadlux for your computer and phone which will automatically dim the screen and change the color from blue to red/orange as evening approaches.
- PRE-EAT! Eat healthy foods to fill your belly before you go to a party.
- When you get to the party, you won’t be as hungry. We make better decisions when we have full bellies! Or bring your own healthy yet delicious snacks (https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/Literature/1-Degree-of-Change).
- Download My Fitness Pal to keep track of the calories you are eating…they add up quickly! That can help you decide which foods are worth splurging on and which ones you’d rather avoid.
- MOVE! Do what works for you.
- I saved the best for last! This can be as simple as parking as far away as you can then walking into work or the grocery store, walking around the block on your lunch break, or doing squats and lunges at your desk while you’re on that never-ending telephone conference. Figure out what you like to do, then do it! Do you like to swim? Walk with friends? Ride your bike? Play with your kids? We should get 150 minutes per week of exercise, divide that up however you like. You don’t even have to go to the gym!
- Download My Fitness Pal to keep track of your movement.
- Alcohol, carbs, sugar, and unhealthy fats deplete the body of vital nutrients. This leads to increased stress and depletes your immune system. Whole food supplements feed and nourish the body, supporting healthy stress levels and a healthy immune system.