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​9 Tips To Help You Stay Relaxed During The Holidays

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9 Tips To Help You Stay Relaxed During The Holidays

1. Hike Your Mood With Sunlight

Sunlight stimulates the production of feel-good serotonin and Vitamin D, while helping to relieve stress. It’s also a good reminder that it will be warm again one day.

2. Take A Whiff Of Citrus

Researchers studying depression have found that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood.

For an all-day pick-me-up, dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief to tuck in your pocket.

3. Do Less, Enjoy More

We go overboard to please others during the holidays: shopping, cooking, sending cards, and attending every event. Don’t stretch yourself thin. Do the things that really fulfill you and give meaning to your life, and skip those that don’t.

4. Remember What Makes You Laugh

Laughing like crazy reduces stress hormones. That, in turn, helps immune cells function better! So pop in that Rom-Com you’ve been meaning to watch.

5. Forget Perfection

Stop obsessing over doing it all. The world is not going to end if the house is a little cluttered or dinner is on the table a few minutes late. Focus your energy on enjoying the people in your life. Don't sweat the small stuff and your holiday will be much more enjoyable!

6. Go Tech-Free

Constant cell phone buzzes and email alerts keep us in a perpetual fight-or-flight mode due to bursts of adrenaline. Not only is this exhausting, but it contributes to mounting stress levels. What better time to turn your gadgets off than during a holiday get together? Enjoy spending time with your family and friends without the expectation of the phone.

7. Dip Into Some Honey

You'll get an instant kick and energy for the long haul with just a little bit of honey. Plus, research shows that its antioxidant and antibacterial properties may improve your immunity. Here's a tip: The darker the honey, the more powerful the antioxidant punch.

8. Fit In 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 and energy levels for up to 12 hours.

9. Think Positive

The holidays can very easily drive you to your breaking point, but try not to focus on the bad. Negative thinking can trigger the your body's stress response, just as a real threat does. Remember, it's time to celebrate with your family and friends - even if they sometimes stress you out! An optimistic outlook will help you cope with challenges that come your way.