Too much holiday hustle and bustle can be a prescription for stress, anxiety and even depression. Many people feel bad during what is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year. Sometimes, this season bring up feelings of loneliness, loss and grief.
So how can you manage your stress to truly enjoy this season of good will? There are some simple—and free—remedies you can use to treat yourself to a happier state. Increasing your positive thoughts and emotions has been proven to positively influence physical and mental health. As a start, follow these two steps:
1. Savor Your Senses. Enjoy the holiday spirit through your senses of touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing. Despite possibly inclement weather, find some time to get out and enjoy nature. Listen to music. Take a nap. Eat dark chocolate. Give the mistletoe a workout and kiss more. That’s right – couples who engage in more romantic kissing are less stressed, experience higher relationship satisfaction and even have lower cholesterol levels. Be present and enjoy the moment.
2. Practice Happiness. Instead of seeing extra holiday chores as exhausting, change your perspective. Instead of groaning, “I’ve got six more gifts to buy,” focus on how enjoyable it will be to have your family together and how much less important the actual gifts will be. Research has also shown that altruism—the simple act of giving—can improve your sense of wellbeing and reduce stress… Read more…