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HOW TO BEAT HOLIDAY STRESS

Learn How To Beat The Stress Of The Holidays With These Stress Busting Activities!

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the season when stress levels can run high and make it hard to enjoy all the great things about the festivities around you. Making time for yourself is just as important as keeping up with that jam-packed calendar so make sure you’re not heading into burnout mode if you can help it.

Adding a few stress busting activities to your itinerary can make it easier to cope with the holiday madness, and allow you to enjoy the best of the season! Here are a few activities you might consider adding to your calendar this year:

STRESS BUSTING ACTIVITY #1: Yoga Workouts

Regular yoga workouts can help to reduce stress, improve concentration, and also help you focus when things start to feel out of control. The deep breathing and stretching routines required of you during a yoga session can make it easier to center your energy and maintain composure no matter how stressful things get. Consider adding yoga to your morning or evening routine at least two to three times per week to start enjoying all of the benefits.

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STRESS BUSTING ACTIVITY #2: Day at the Spa

Escape to the spa for the day so you can enjoy a relaxing massage service or a pampering facial amidst the holiday mayhem. Spa services can help you take your mind of things for a short period of time, and also keep you looking your best through the season. Add a couple of spa treatments to your calendar each month so you have something to look forward to.

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STRESS BUSTING ACTIVITY #3: Speed Walking

When you don’t have time to organize an elaborate activity, hit the pavement (or the treadmill) for a quick speed walking session. Speed walking can rev up your heart rate and clear your mind. It will also give you a boost of energy, so if you’re feeling tired, sluggish or simply overwhelmed, count on this high-energy activity to get yourself back on track.

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STRESS BUSTING ACTIVITY #4: Cleaning or Organizing

Get the house or apartment in order so that you can improve the energy flow of the room. Organizing and cleaning your living space can reduce stress and make it easier to cope with the holiday drama around you. Get into a weekly routine of deep cleaning your home and organizing clutter a few times in between so that your living space stays organized and orderly throughout the season.

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STRESS BUSTING ACTIVITY #5: Lists and Schedules

Count on lists and schedules to get you through the holiday season with ease. Making a to-do list each day will make it easier to visualize each task or project, and will actually alleviate some of the stress associate with it. The same goes for calendars and schedules. Plotting out your activities can make it much easier to balance your week’s activities and still make room for ‘me time’ without feeling guilty about it.

The holiday season can make you feel overwhelmed and anxious, especially with the list of non-stop activities and events you need to plan for.  Take the time to work in some alone time and make the most of lists and schedules to keep yourself on an even keel through this busy time of year.

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