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5 healthy ways to reduce stress and anxiety during the holidays

Our favorite 5 healthy ways to reduce stress and anxiety during the holidays so you can get through the season and thrive into the New Year.

The holidays are a beautiful and reflective time of the year yet they can be very stressful. There are many things that can cause stress and anxiety, including trying to get the perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list or and entertaining friends and family with the best meal.

It is important to take some ‘me time’ during this season to keep yourself healthy physically, mentally and spiritually.

Let’s take a closer look at these 5 healthy ways to reduce stress and anxiety during the holidays.

Make sleep a priority:

It can be tempting to stay up late and have fun during the holidays, and there’s nothing wrong with doing so, but make sure you get good sleep as well. 7 hours minimum are a must.

Eat healthy foods like almond butter about 2 Tbsp before bedtime, make a banana cinnamon tea, and more to help supercharge your sleep.

Let go of perfection:

Perfection can be a great motivator to help you excel at what you do, but when it comes to the holidays, it is more important to enjoy and reflect. Things are not going to be exactly as you want them to be, so do not obsess over trying to control every detail. Learn how to let go and lower your expectations a little bit.

Don’t neglect exercise:

Let’s be honest — the holidays can make you lazy when it comes to exercise. But when you fight through the laziness and go for your morning run, hit your punching bag, or do some hot yoga, you will be happy you did. Exercise works wonders for stress and anxiety and it has been proven by medical research.

Be grateful : 

Adopt a grateful attitude and write a list of 5 things you are thankful for each day.

Research shows that concentrating on what makes you happy can improve your mental and physical health.

Do not over-schedule:

There is so much to do during the holidays, and everyone will want to include you in their plans. This holiday season, focus on quality rather than quantity. Do things you really wish to do with the people you love.

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