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7 Tips To Reduce Holiday Stress
Written by: S McIntyre

During the holidays you may find yourself dealing with additional stress. Shopping, baking, decorating, entertaining, keeping up with the kids and household chores can take a toll even on the best multi-taskers. How you deal with it will affect your family and your overall well-being.

Here are 7 tips to help you reduce stress, stay healthy and have an energetic and enjoyable holiday.

1. Organize - How you organize your day will make a huge difference. Ask for help or make a "to do" list to help yourself stay on track and on task. Involve your family by delegating simple duties to the kids like picking up after themselves and keeping their rooms tidy. Older kids can help load or unload the dishwasher, fold laundry etc.

2. Eat right - When people are stressed, they eat. Carefully choose what to put in your mouth. Sugary snacks do nothing, but provide a temporary high and add extra pounds. During the holidays you will be around food a lot that are high in calories so you don't need the extra temptation. For snacking, fuel your body with raw vegetables, leafy greens, fruits and drink plenty of water. Avoid eating on the go as you're more likely to eat from a fast food restaurant or buy junk food.

3. Exercise - Just 30 minutes of outdoor walking will do the mind and body good. It's one way to reduce stress, clear your mind and get some fresh air. If you can't make it outside, try yoga or meditation. In fact, any type of exercise will make you feel better and give you more energy.

4. Vitamin C and Echinacea - Drink your orange juice daily as it boosts your immune system and fights heart disease. Simply adding 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice to one cup of water will provide 20% of the daily value of vitamin C. Echinacea is also an immune booster and it helps in fighting off the common cold and flu. It is an herb, so precautions should be noted with your doctor.

5. Sleep - Get plenty of rest because it does reduce stress, improves your memory, controls your body weight, keep your heart healthy and it repairs your body.

6. Positive thinking - Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Positive thinking equals a positive attitude. When you do well, you feel good so praise yourself when you have done a good job.

7. Laugh - Laughter is the best medicine. It reduces stress and it relieves tension.

Have yourself a wonderful holiday!


S McIntyre owns, a free work at home resource focusing on telecommuting companies, daily telecommute job leads, articles, business resources and other work at home related topics. You can also visit her blog, featuring an array of health topics, nutrition, recipes and fitness for maintaining an overall healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.

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