Happy holidays! It’s officially the most joyful (and stressful) time of the year. Between the family obligations, shopping, cooking, traveling, holiday parties, and work – it can be difficult to make time for yourself. It’s no wonder so many of us come down with the cold or flu during the holiday season.
Not only can stress put a damper on your holiday spirit, but it can also weaken your immune system, trigger tension headaches, cause fatigue and insomnia, increase anxiety, and be a major pain in the back – literally.
So what’s the best way to deal with holiday stress?
Be prepared and take preventative action. Spend a little time each morning to plan out your day ahead and schedule some time for yourself. Make a list of the most important things you need to accomplish and remove or push back the things that aren’t urgent to avoid overworking yourself. Make “self-care” a priority on your list each day. Below are just a few ideas of ways you can relieve holiday stress.
Self-Care Tips for the Holidays:
1. Move Your Body
Exercise is scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and trigger “feel-good” endorphins. Not to mention, it burns off some of those holiday sweets so you feel less guilty. This doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment, just a 10-minute exercise routine each day will help combat the effects of stress and clear your head so you can get more done without feeling overwhelmed.
Inverting on a Teeter is one of the most effective and enjoyable ways to take the pressure off your back and relieve pain and tension. All it takes is 3-5 minutes a day to fully decompress the spine, relax tense muscles, and release pressure on the discs and nerves.
Stress can multiply tenfold when you have to deal with back pain on top of everything else during the holidays. The Teeter allows you to get that relief right in your own home, whenever you need it – it’s quick, easy, effective, and incredibly relaxing. During the holidays, when your body is taking on an exceptionally high amount of compression and stress, you might find it best to use your Teeter multiple times a day to keep your body feeling great.
3. Get Quality Sleep
Sleep is vital for reenergizing and allowing your body to naturally heal from the stress and toxins weakening your immune system all day. Aim for 8 hours a night if possible to give your body plenty of time to recuperate from the stress of the day.
4. Self-Massage On-the-Go
Feel that tension building up in your shoulder or neck and a headache coming on? Use one of the many Teeter self-massage tools available to target those painful knots and release the tension. The Massage Roller Ball and ReNew Muscle Cream are convenient to carry with you everywhere for quick, on-the-spot relief when you’re in the car, at the office, or traveling. While the Neck Restore and T3 Massager are more suitable for home or hotel-use and provide a deeper tissue massage.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
Staying well-hydrated helps flush toxins out of your body, keep all the food you’re eating moving through your digestive system, stay energized, rehydrate and recover after too much spiked eggnog, and protect your skin from the harsh winter air, PLUS it may help curb your appetite so you don’t overindulge in the sweets.
We hope these self-care tricks help keep your stress levels at bay so you can kick off the New Year happy, healthy, and energized!