The holidays are a great time of year. So much to do and people to see. Parties to attend and fun to be had! But it is also a stressful time of year with so many additional demands on your time and wallet not to mention the typical holiday food binge most of us indulge in.
Focusing on a few simple things can greatly reduce how much holiday stress affects you and they are all simple things you have direct control over. Doing these helps balance the adrenal glands and regulate hormone levels in the body which helps you keep an even keel while navigating the holiday season.
- Reduce Caffeine Intake- While it might seem ideal to get a little kick off a cup of coffee or mix a few cocktails with energy boosting mixers caffeine is really just borrowed energy. It stimulates the body to produce stress hormones which directly affects the bodies ability to repair itself and reduces the amount of time you spend in deep, restorative sleep.
- Get More Sleep- Skimping on sleep is a guaranteed way to increase the effects of stress during any time, especially the holidays. Studies have shown that when people go even just 3 days without regular deep sleep they begin to show symptoms of nervousness and other mental health conditions.
- Stay Hydrated- Drink, drink, drink… water that is. Keeping your body fully hydrated blunts the effects of excess alcohol, makes you feel more full and helps prevent overeating and makes sure your body is able to effectively carry out detoxification. Keep a water bottle handy at all times!
This short list seems simple, and it is but these 3 steps can help you get through the holidays happy, healthy and ready for a new year!
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