Calm Holiday Chaos With 5 Simple Relaxation Techniques

The holidays will be here soon, and it’s probably no coincidence that November 3 is National Stress Awareness Day. The Thanksgiving and Christmas hustle and bustle adds a lot of chaos to family life. If you’re not careful, it can also give you a big headache. So, as you decorate, shop, cook, and visit with family, remember these relaxation techniques.

 

Breathe

 

One of the most basic relaxation techniques is to simply breathe—especially in the middle of a stressful moment. Pause whatever you happen to be doing, and take slow, deep breaths. You could also try some simple breathing exercises before getting back to your day.

 

Exercise

 

You can either slow your breathing to decrease stress—or speed it up. Exercise gets endorphins flowing, so your mood will lift along with your general outlook. Not only will you feel refreshed and strengthened, but you’ll also have a better chance of battling holiday weight gain.

 

Go Screen-Free

 

Get away from emails and texts so your mind can slow down. Yes, work is important, but so is taking care of yourself. So instead, sit down and read a book, listen to music, or engage in your favorite hobby.

 

Laugh

 

Spend time with loved ones who make you laugh. Not only will you enjoy these moments with others, but you’ll also get the health benefits of a good guffaw. According to the Mayo Clinic, laughing relieves your stress response, soothes tension, and increases endorphins. Believe it or not, a decent joke is one of the most effective relaxation techniques.

 

Update your insurance policies

 

Here us out on this one. The holidays are a busy time full of parties, shopping, and travel. Unfortunately, all this activity increases your risk of at-home incidents, car accidents, and even identity theft. So, check your policies to update all relevant information and ensure you have enough insurance to cover your assets. Then, you can sit back and enjoy yourself this year, knowing your home and loved ones are protected no matter what.