5 Ways to Stay Ahead of Holiday Stress

By Kelly McLendon

The start of the holiday shopping season inevitably brings stress. Between the lack of sleep, the shopping lists that keep getting longer and the numerous holiday parties, it’s no wonder that the holidays can start to take a toll on your body during this time of year. Instead of running for the hills or letting the stress get the best of you, though, steer clear of holiday stress with these tips!

Detox with relaxing lavender. Meet stress at your front door and refuse to let it in. Either before you start a hectic day or at the end of one, shower away your stresses with Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Shower tablets. They’re easily unwrapped and placed on the shower floor so that as your lather up, the tablets release the aroma of lavender, which helps to relax and soothe when you have been – or will be! – on your feet all day. 

Stay active. Use group exercise classes to release tension, anger and stress. If a holiday situation is bothering you, take it out on the Pilates mat or during an hour-long cardio kickboxing class. Use movement to bring the body back into its regular balance.

Learn a quick breathing technique to connect mind, body and soul!

Make new traditions. Returning home each year to pick out a Christmas tree with the family can be a wonderful tradition, but keeping old traditions, as well as starting new ones, might be healthy for everyone involved. Suggest a new activity for family and friends, in addition to the traditional ones. Possible ideas include hosting a holiday breakfast or giving back at an area charity—together. By breaking up the usual routine you’ll be more likely avoid the usual ruts as well.

Write up a budget and stick to it. For a lot of us, holiday stress is primarily caused – or at the very least exacerbated by – swiping the credit card a few too many times. To avoid feeling guilty after the holiday buzz has passed, write out a budget and stick to it. When January rolls around, not only will your wallet be a little heavier, you’ll sigh with relief when your no-higher-than-expected credit card bill arrives.

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Enjoy the season. A hectic work schedule might keep you from your friends and family other times of the year, but make a commitment to spend more time with the important people in your life this season. Enjoy the moments spent hanging out together. 

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