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3 Ways to Overcome Holiday Stress

If you’re one of those people that is so caught up in their schedule that you barely have time to sit down and relax, then this article is for you. Here are some ways to relieve your stress this holiday season:

Take a breathing break
Nutritionist Dr. Jonny Bowden recommends taking a four-minute time-out for yourself. You can do this exercise anywhere from the bathroom to your car (even a closet will do in a pinch). Bowden says to sit quietly, close your eyes and set your watch for four minutes. Breathe — deeply and consciously. Think to yourself, “Count of seven in, hold for four and slow exhale on five.”

“Even four minutes — a couple of times a day — will lower your blood pressure, change your brain waves, and calm your soul,” says Bowden. Source: SheKnows

Don’t overschedule
The holiday season is particularly stressful when you have too much on your plate. This might be the case if you’re welcoming out-of-town guests and hosting family festivities. You don’t necessarily have to cancel your plans, but make sure you’re not setting unrealistic expectations for yourself. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to do everything yourself. Get your family involved and delegate. For example, instead of taking on the responsibility of preparing an entire meal alone, ask everyone to bring a dish. Or, if you feel that hosting an event at your home is too much, don’t feel obligated to entertain relatives and friends. Know your limitations and learn how to say “no.” Source: Healthline

Squeeze in some time for exercise
It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re stressed out, but going for a run or hitting the gym can actually make you feel better. Research has found that workouts can boost your mood for up to 12 hours. Source: Health

Chiropractic care can help you relieve all the stress and muscle tension that has built up over the holidays. Call us!

 

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Dr. Brian Floyd
3721 Delbrook Ave #119, North Vancouver, BC V7N 3Z4
(604) 987-7100

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