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Quick ways to restore and re-energize during and after the holidays

It's that time of year!

Holiday stress can affect our health as many of us tend to try and accomplish a long list of activities in a short amount of time. Social commitments, shopping, planning for family get-togethers, travelling, cooking... all of these things can take a toll on your physical and mental state. Try these quick tips to restore and re-energize this holiday season!

  • Get 7-8 hours of restorative sleep!

  • Reduce and limit your sugar, caffeine, and alcohol consumption.

  • Take time for yourself! Enjoy a relaxing massage, a good book, or a long bath.

  • Get outside for at least 15 minutes each day to get some sun, even on overcast winter days.

  • Make a to-do list, and cross things off as you complete each task so that your mind is free and clear.

  • Take some time to do deep breathing exercises or guided meditation. It helps to lower your blood pressure and calm your autonomic nervous system.

  • Engage with a musical activity: singing, dancing, drumming.

Do something kind for someone else – it will make you feel good. Take a moment to open a door or say thank you. Share your time and talent by volunteering at a hospital or nursing home. Studies have shown that doing good decreases stress and increases happiness.

Original article written by Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D.