When the bustle of the holiday season is upon us, many people find themselves more stressed than ever. Here are a few ways to take a timeout and gain perspective on what the holidays are all about.


This is usually the time of year that everyone’s stress levels start to increase. Holidays seem to have a way of doing that, with meals to plan, parties to attend, and presents to buy.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement and overabundance of the season, and there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence during the holidays. But if just the thought of the holidays is causing stress, it may be a good idea to take a step back.

Managing your stress is an important part of living a healthier life. We’re all over-scheduled and overwhelmed, constantly plugged in with endless to-do lists. It’s crucial to your health that you take time away to unwind.  Stress not only makes you irritable and difficult to be around, it can also lead to other health issues such as increased heart disease risk, digestion problems, sleep problems, and weight gain.

Stress relief is different for everyone, and it’s always a good idea to try a number of things until you find something that works for you. Here are a few simple ways to get you started:

  • Enjoy a long hot bath at the end of the day after you wrap up your Christmas shopping.
  • Take 10 minutes to focus on your breathing and meditate, clearing your mind of any thoughts and reconnect with your inner compass.
  • Go for a walk (leave your cell phone at home) and enjoy being outdoors.
  • Turn off your electronics for an hour and read a book or listen to music.
  • Cuddle with your favorite person/people or animal(s) – technology free.

And last but not least, the best way to destress is to practice gratitude. While some days are more difficult to find things to be grateful for, recognize that it can be as simple as being grateful for a good cup of coffee in the morning. Finding your gratitude not only helps you get rid of your stress, it help puts life into perspective…

Because how bad can life be when you’re alive and celebrating with your loved ones?

Adapted from the original article.

Taryn Schubert, RD is a Los Angeles-based Registered Dietitian who helps people create healthy diets that fit their lifestyle. With her specialty in adult weight management and mindful eating, Taryn believes food should be a source of joy and nourishment, not “good” or “bad” in the way society perpetuates. Visit Taryn and begin creating your healthier relationship with food.

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