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Are Black Friday Deals and the Holidays Stressing You Out?

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Are Black Friday Deals and the Holidays Stressing You Out?
Here are 8 Stress Relievers to Help You Survive the Holiday Season

Stress is something we all face, many of us face different types of stress on a daily basis and it is well known that stress can have adverse effects on our health. The holidays are a time to make memories with family and friends.  The holidays are a time to reflect on those things to be grateful for.  However the holidays can also be a time of great stress.

ID-100110289Are the holidays stressing you out?  Do you feel like you have to be part of the Black Friday crowd?  Black Friday turns normally polite hard working people into wild animals.  We have all seen the pictures of mass hysteria of people rushing to be the first in line, pushing people down due to the frenzy of a limited time offer, or number of items for store busting deals.  The meaning and spirit of the holidays are totally decimated.  I personally do not find the frenzy of Black Friday an enjoyable experience.  Let’s think about it.  Why are you out there?  You are out there to buy Christmas presents, right?

I wonder when people are being rude and stressed out if they are remembering the meaning of Christmas.  Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Christmas is suppose to be a time of giving and sharing.  Everyone likes to be remembered any time, but especially during the holidays.  Learn to set boundaries during the holiday so you don’t get caught up in the frenzy and flash mobs of shoppers.  Take in the experience and the people.  Take time to remember not just the meaning of Christmas, but to give of yourself.  Giving of yourself is the greatest gift you or anyone else can receive.  All the stuff people are buying is nice, but it is just stuff. 

So in the spirit of the holidays, give a gift to yourself first so you don’t get too stressed out.  By giving to yourself first, you can then be more present to give of yourself to others.  There are some simple techniques you can start incorporating into your life now and you don’t have to break the bank to do it. 

Managing stress is a great way to ensure that you maintain your health throughout the holidays and throughout your lifetime.  There are many different ways you can learn to manage stress.

Here are 8 stress relieving tips

  1. Exercise

One of the best ways to manage your stress is to ensure that your body is getting enough exercise. Exercise has been proven to help maintain mental fitness along with physical fitness. Studies have shown that exercise is very effective in improving concentration, helps the body release natural pain killers and helps to aid in a more restful sleep. All it takes is five minutes of aerobic exercise to help stimulate the mind and the body producing anti-anxiety effects.  

  1. Meditation

Meditation is another great way to manage stress in your life. One of the great things about meditation is that it is absolutely free! Meditation can actually reverse your stress response which will help to shield you from the effects of chronic stress. Meditation also helps you clear your mind from the things that are causing you stress.

  1. Journaling

Journaling is also and effective stress management tool, because it will help you to clarify your thoughts and feelings. Many people have found that through journaling they are able to come up with a solution to their problems just by seeing it on paper.

  1. Dealing With Mental Stress

One of the reasons mental stress occurs is when the mind is overly focused or concentrated on one thing, this is something typically seen at work. It is important to step away in order to restore balance and clarity and do an activity that does not require any mental concentration.

This can be a walk around the block, getting out in nature also helps quite a bit, being somewhere without noise, distractions and anything that entails the mind having to focus on something so that you can just “be.”

This is often referred to as “gelling” in slang terms and it can really do wonders to clear and refresh the mind.

 

  1. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing exercises work great to help people with stress management. It has been proven that when a person focuses on deep slow breathing they are able to trigger a state of relaxation and their body temperature actually raises. Deep breathing exercises are great because they can be used at any time during the day. You don’t have to worry about having somewhere to exercise or having your journal handy you can simply take a few moments and focus on your breathing.

  1. Music

Many people have also found that listening to music can help to reduce stress. Some prefer angry hard rock while others find that listening to soft classical music helps them to relax. One of the best things about using music to reduce stress is that you can listen to music while you go about your life and you don’t have to set a specific time aside for this type of therapy.

  1. Well Balanced Diet

Probably the most important thing you can do to manage the stress that you face is to eat a well-balanced diet. Avoiding foods that contain caffeine or other stimulants is very important.

These stimulants actually cause the body to be less equipped to handle normal stress. But there are many food that you can add to your diet to help you reduce and manage your stress.

Best Foods To Reduce Stress

  • Walnuts
  • Turkey
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Avocados
  • All green vegetables have all been proven to help the body function properly when dealing with stress.
  • It is also important to ensure you are drinking enough water!
  1. Get Away

Finally, if at all possible get completely away from the sources of stress. If it’s work, take a break or a short vacation. If it is the kids and the house, then get a sitter and have a spa day or “me day” where you do things you enjoy.

Choose an activity that allows you to unwind, and if that means turning off your phone and tablet and just watching movies all day, then feel free.

Bottom Line

In today’s world, stress cannot be avoided. You are dealing with some level of stress every day from many different sources but the good news is there are things that you can do in order to help manage the stress you face so that it does not take a toll on your body.  You hopefully can then survive and enjoy the holidays.

If stress is left unchecked it can lead to many different health problems such as chronic anxiety, heart attack, high blood pressure, and depression. I don’t think that is the kind of gift you want this year or ever.

Simply by following the tips that I have given you, you will be able to manage your stress and reduce the chances that it will cause you future health problems. Cheers to a stress free, or at least reduced Christmas and New Year!!

If the above tips are not enough, here is a list of supplements that can help give you added support:

L-Theanine

Cortisol Calm

Vitamin D3

All of these supplements can be found on the Path to Health and Healing PureRXO website.

If you like this article, please be sure to share with family and friends.  I would love for you to post your comments as well.

Are Black Friday Deals and the Holidays Stressing You Out?
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