With the holidays also comes the rush to get things done. Did you get all of the ingredients for dinner? Is your shopping finished? Can you rearrange your schedule to make it to your children’s activities or to social gatherings? Are you going to the meet the deadlines for projects at work? The list goes on and on.
While some stress can provide motivation to keep pushing ahead, too much stress can take a negative toll on your health. Finding ways to cope with stressors and increase relaxation can boost your physical and mental wellbeing. Here are a few tips to get started and help you discover what works best for you:
1. Plan and Prioritize
If your to-do list is a mile long, start getting organized. Decide what needs to be done immediately, what can wait, and what can be delegated to others. Don’t overwhelm yourself with tasks that others can help out with if only you’d ask. Checking things off of your list can help you to feel more accomplished and less stressed. Try to stay organized and plan ahead so that you are not waiting until the last minute and rushing around.
2. Engage in Meditation and Deep Breathing
Meditation can be an effective way of refocusing yourself and clearing your mind. It only takes a few minutes a day and can start working immediately. Close your eyes, sit up straight, and recite a positive mantra while letting troubling thoughts and stress roll away. Combine this with deep breathing that forces you to slow down and focus. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, feeling your lungs expand. This can be a great way of releasing tension and lowering blood pressure.
Whether you enjoy running, walking, biking, tennis, yoga, or any variety of other activities, get moving. Physical exertion can help you to burn off excess energy and frustration and reduce muscle tension. Exercise naturally boosts serotonin which can enhance your mood. It also gives you a chance to put your focus on something else and distract your mind for a while.
4. Eat a Healthy Diet
Filling up on processed foods that are filled with starch, sugar, and fats can leave your body feeling worse. Focus on eating a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to give your body the healthy fuel it needs. Ionix® Supreme can be a great pick-me-up to combat stress and fatigue. Filled with natural vitamins and minerals, it gives the body more energy, neutralizes free radicals, and supports improved focus and clarity. It can help you to build your endurance and overall performance, leaving you feeling better.
5. Do Something You Enjoy
Take a break just for you. Dance to your favorite music, read a new book, focus on a hobby, or just spend time with friends. Everyone responds differently to stress, so find what works for you to make you feel calmer, more relaxed, and more joyful. Build time for yourself into your day and make yourself a priority this holiday season.
As you make a conscious effort to reduce your stress, you may find the holidays to be more enjoyable and less chaotic. Be realistic with your expectations and don’t overextend yourself. You deserve to be healthy and happy. To find out more about how Isagenix® products can help you to maintain better health by reducing stress, releasing fat, and combating the effects of aging email me at email@example.com or call (704) 819-3054. To help you get started, here’s a healthy holiday recipe for homemade cranberry sauce.