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Stress Reduction Tips for the 2020 Holiday Season

Stress Reduction Tips for the 2020 Holiday Season



stress reduction tips for the 2020 holiday season

This holiday season might be the most stressful that we will experience in a long time. With concerns about the virus running rampant, political views damaging relationships, and store prices rising, what do we worry about first?

We cannot let these stressors destroy the beauty of the season. We need to seek peace in order to make it the warm, loving time it’s supposed to be. Thankfully, there are practices and natural remedies that can help us cope with the stress, even if it does not vanish completely.

If you need help with relaxation, there are some methods that can work. Everyone is different, so try a few until you find the one that works for you.

Exercise

Exercise in cold weather can be an unpleasant prospect, but there are ways to exercise in the comfort of your home. If you don’t already own them, purchase some weights that you can lift when you’re struggling with anxiety. This light workout will help with stress. If you aren’t into lifting weights, try something more popular. There are countless yoga tutorials online if you want to learn the basics, with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to advanced. Yoga can calm your mind and give your body the movement that it needs.

Drink Less Caffeine

We get it; it’s a busy season, and you need coffee to get things done. There’s so much to do, after all–buy ingredients, set up a Christmas tree, wrap presents–and make sure that you find gifts everyone will like. If you drink more coffee than you need, either by habit or because you like the taste, then you are filling yourself with more caffeine than is necessary. This will make you jittery and irritable when your chores are done, and you’ll find yourself unable to relax at home.

Pay attention to how much coffee or soda you are drinking during the holiday season. Set a time of the day past which you will not drink either of these. Replace coffee with chamomile, and soda can be exchanged for juice. You’ll notice a change in your nerves soon after.

CBD Oil

Nature provides us with many stress relief solutions, and CBD oil is one of them. Not only can it reduce anxiety and depression, but it also relieves pain so that you can get through your to-do list quickly and comfortably. Two factors have lowered the barrier to entry: First, you can now order CBD hemp oil products online in just about every state. And second, these products come in a range of prices and sizes, so you can start with a small bottle and less of a financial commitment. If it helps your aleve holiday stress, you can always order more!

Write in a Journal

Journals aren’t only for angsty teenagers. Many people find that it helps to confide their worries in a diary. Unloading onto a blank page can help clear your mind so that you can get things done. You don’t have to write long, elaborate entries; get straight to the point, putting to paper what is stressing you out. Seeing the problem written down might help you to find a solution.

Embrace Alone Time

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but you don’t have to attend every holiday party you’re invited to. Choosing to be a people-pleaser often causes stress during the holidays. Instead of replying ‘yes’ to every RSVP, allow yourself some time alone–and don’t feel bad about it. Everyone is busy at this time of the year, so they should understand that you just want to curl up in bed and listen to music.

Do Something Creative

Drawing and art can help settle those nerves that have you on edge. You don’t have to draw a masterpiece; a bit of doodling can activate the creative part of your brain, helping you to feel happy and motivated rather than stressed.

There are many reasons why you might feel tense this holiday season. These worries should not steal your happiness. It’s your choice to proceed with your celebrations and not let bad news spoil everything. You can’t do this if you’re stressed, so give some of these stress-relieving tips a try.

This is a collaborative post. All views and text are mine. 

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Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 04/20/2021 / 8:03 pm

    The holidays are always so stressful! These are great tips for reducing all the holiday anxiety.

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