The holiday season is in full swing. And while that means lots of good things like family gatherings, tasty meals and shopping, it can also means stress. From standing in long lines on Black Friday to dealing with family members that are a bit challenging to cooking the perfect turkey recipe, the holidays aren't always as relaxing as we'd like them to be. So we put together three easy ways to de-stress. From meditation to sipping on hot tea, they're simple and quick ways to give your brain a short vacay!
3 Ways to De-Stress During the Holidays
1. Meditation. Who knew that holiday zen took just a few quiet breaths? Meditation is a powerful de-stressing tool any time of year, but when you're rushed during the holidays it can be the perfect way to center and relax. And the best part? You can do it anywhere. Even if you're standing in line waiting to mail holiday gifts at the post office, you can do it! All you have to do is take a few deep, slow breaths, focusing completely on your inhale and exhale. Yep, that's meditation!
2. Sip green tea. Researchers have found that regularly drinking green tea can help to beat stress and improve psychological wellbeing. So this holiday season, skip the coffee and drink the green stuff!
3. Say "no." Most of us get stressed during the holidays because we're overscheduled and feel obligated to do things when we really don't feel like it (or have the time). So this year, make a commitment to do less and prioritize your time for only the events that are the most important to you. Do this, and you'll kick holiday stress to the curb.
Do you stress out over the holidays? How do you deal? Any holiday meditations you like to do? Share!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.