The holidays offer us a chance to spend quality time with friends and loved ones, participate in volunteer opportunities, and attend social gatherings with co-workers, but all of these activities and obligations can cause our stress and anxiety levels to rise — even when we try our best to keep them at bay. But there are healthy ways to manage your stress during the holidays and today, the massage therapists at Arne Wellness Center will share their insights with you for handling holiday stress. In part one of this short blog series, we share three tips for managing stress, which include:

  • Setting aside time for yourself
  • Practice deep breathing techniques
  • Taking 20-45 minute walks daily

Massage therapy is an effective treatment for reducing physical and emotional stress any time, but especially during the holidays. Give our Top Rated Local® wellness center a call to arrange an appointment for a massage to melt away tension, stress, and discomfort.

Three Healthy Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

Don’t Forego Healthy Habits

The holidays are full of parties, happy hours with co-workers, decadent meals, and late nights. While you should enjoy these in moderation, don’t let the holidays become a time of overindulgences that will only add to your stress levels. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep a water bottle handy so you stay hydrated during social events.
  • Set a sleep schedule and stick to it.
  • Try to stay active, even if it’s only 20-30 minutes a day.

Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room

It can be easy to pack your schedule full of tasks and activities during the holidays, but it’s important to give yourself some wiggle room. This can help ensure that you’re not literally running from one place to the next, which, along with causing your stress levels to rise, can also lead to injury. Set realistic goals and plan ahead to stay on task. This can reduce the risk of feeling overwhelmed with everything so you can actually enjoy the things you’re doing.

Start a Wellness Regimen

One way to manage stress is to practice a wellness care regimen. This may include such activities as yoga or working out regularly and getting nutritional guidance, or scheduling regular wellness care with us at Arne Wellness Center. Here, we offer massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, natural medicine, and infrared sauna detoxification to help you maintain whole-body health and wellness. Contact us to schedule a massage in Littleton, or any of our wellness care services, to help you manage stress during the holidays and year-round.