The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.
But for many people, this time of year can also be the most overwhelming. Here are five ways to help keep you from getting too stressed out this holiday season:
1. Walk It Out
A brisk half-hour daily walk can help reduce stress. Its rhythm and repetition has a tranquilizing effect on your brain, decreasing anxiety and improving sleep. And, you’ll benefit from the fresh air, too!
2. Get Your Sleep
Holiday stress can affect your health and sabotage the quality and quantity of the sleep you get. Keep your bedtime routine as consistent as possible so you can get the sleep you need to enjoy the season.
3. Squeeze Your Hand
Feeling stressed? Apply firm pressure to the fleshy place between your index finger and thumb, called the hoku spot in traditional Chinese medicine. Squeezing this area for only 30 seconds can reduce stress and tension in your upper body. If you start to feel overwhelmed by holiday chaos, take a deep breath and give your hand a squeeze.
4. Laugh Out Loud
- The health benefits of laughter have been well documented. Laughter:
- Relieves stress
- Tightens abs
- Increases endorphins, which can help fight off sickness and relieve pain
- Improves your overall well-being
So, watch a funny movie or sitcom, and have a laugh.
5. Nobody’s Perfect
This is the time of year you want everything to be perfect: the table setting, gifts and the holiday experiences. Don’t obsess over doing it all. Focus on enjoying the people in your life and the memories you are making. Don’t sweat the small stuff and your holiday will be much more enjoyable!
6. Think Of Others
ʼTis the season for helping others. Invite neighbors and co-workers who may not have family in the area over to celebrate and consider starting some new traditions. This also is a great time to contribute to a local charity. Make it a family affair by shopping together for a family in need or volunteering at a local soup kitchen.
7. Start Saving For Next Year
A main stress of the holiday season is the strain it puts on your budget. To help alleviate financial anxiety next year, consider starting a holiday savings account and begin contributing in January. Adding $50 a month to a savings account will give you $600 for your 2020 holiday budget. ■
MSUFCU offers many ways to save — from setting up automatic withdrawals to savings accounts to monitoring your accounts. For more information, visit msufcu.org.