5 ways to cope with pre-Christmas stress
How to reduce the inevitable Christmas pressure that is no doubt mounting.
Often, it’s easy to forget our mental health in favour of our physical health. But being healthy isn’t all about losing weight and keeping active, we must take care of our mental well-being too. With Christmas just around the corner, no doubt the stress is kicking in.
Here are 5 ways to destress when life gets a little overwhelming.
1. Take a walk. Walking daily improves your mood by triggering the natural endorphins within your body which are more commonly known as the ‘happy hormones’. In turn, these can help you to think more rationally about situations and help you to keep a clear head.
2. Learn to breathe. Research suggests that deep breathing techniques can reduce anxiety and depression, and improve happiness and optimism - definitely worth taking a couple of minutes out of your day! If you have a smartwatch- program it to remind you to breathe.
3. Listen to music. It's amazing what a good playlist can do to improve your stress levels and mood, whether you're in need of some calming, chilled out acoustic or some cheesy, feel-good tunes.
4. Get in an early workout. Getting out of bed early and into the gym can set you up for a positive day by stimulating the endorphins and boosting your mood. Exercising not only melts away stress, but also protects against heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, strengthening your heart muscle, and helping you maintain a healthy weight.
5. Make a note. One of the best ways to organise everything you are juggling in your mind, is to write them down. That way you can prioritise tasks in order of importance rather than worrying about everything all at once. This process will not only be a relief, but tasks will become more achievable as you can tick them off as you go.
Stress doesn’t have to ruin your day, so take a moment to reflect and think about yourself.