Republished with permission from Musely an Evio Community Partner
The holidays: a time for family and togetherness. However, we all know that the stress of getting your gift shopping done, planning the perfect holiday meal, and doing your best not to run your mouth to your opinionated family members can have you wanting to pull your hair out. To keep your physical and emotional health in check during the holiday season, here are a few ways you can find your zen in even the most stressful times.
1. DRINK MORE WATER
Put down the dessert wine and pick up more H2O. Even if you're typically on top of staying hydrated, the dehydration introduced by food comas, hangovers, and traveling can show up unexpectedly during the holiday season. Set a reminder on your phone every morning and evening to remind yourself to fill yourself a cup of water. Staying hydrated is a simple, but often overlooked, essential to feeling your best physically and mentally.
2. FIND TIME TO MEDITATE
Have you tried meditation yet? If not, the holiday season is the perfect time to make it a part of your daily routine. Apps like Headspace will guide you through meditation, and maybe you'll start the new year off with a great new helpful habit.
3. GET MOVING
The busy holiday season messes with many of our fitness routines, which can just add to our stress. When you slack on your workouts, you're missing out on those feel-good endorphins which can put you in a bad mood. Even a little movement can put more spring in your step. Suggest going on a hike as a family or consider quick at-home exercises (pushups, squats, jumping jacks, anything) and see how much better it makes you feel.
4. LISTEN TO MUSIC
Don't be like your nephew that refuses to take off his headphones at Christmas dinner, but music can help bring you back to center again when you're feeling stressed. Several clinical studies support music’s ability to enhance mood, so go ahead and zone out for a couple of minutes while listening to your favorite playlist. Plug in and break the cycle of whatever negative or stressful feelings may be building up.
5. WRITE DOWN YOUR GRATITUDE
It's not just music that helps you find your zen during this stressful time. Clinical studies also show that expressing gratitude, especially in writing, encourages happier, healthier states of being. Try writing down three things you're grateful for, whether it's in a notebook or jotted quickly into your phone. It's good to practice this all year, but especially when stress and your loved ones are getting under your skin.