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How to de-stress over the holiday season

Whilst Christmas is a time we all look forward to, filled with friends, family and festivities, it can also add extra pressures. Work do’s, spending money and finishing off work tasks before the end of the year can add extra stress to our lives. In addition to this, traffic gets heavier, we feel obliged to visit family and friends and tend to sleep less worrying about things. All of this can lead to feeling a lack of control. That’s why we’ve decided to help our customers look at how to de-stress over the holiday season to take back some control and enjoy this time of year.

An important time to get protection

As life insurance specialists, at Business Cover Expert we understand the added pressures that this time of year can bring. With mental health and physical illnesses increasing along with higher death rates, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you’re protected. Ticking off your to-do list can help you feel a little less stressed in the run-up to Christmas.

We’ve had a look at some other tips to help de-stress over the holiday season and make sure you feel refreshed and ready for the New Year:

It’s ok to slow down

There are plenty of plans and parties organized and family and friends to visit during the Christmas season. However, it’s important to remember that you do have a choice over what you want to attend and not attend. It is okay to slow down a bit. By not attending an event, the world isn’t going to end. And, whilst there may be some friends or family members that were looking forward to seeing you, those that care about you will understand that people can’t always commit to every event. Plus, you can always make it up to them later on in the year when things calm down. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by your holiday schedule, manage the time you take out for others and make sure you’re still taking some for yourself.

Avoid what you know will stress you out

Make sure you’re aware of the things you’re doing that make you unhappy. If you find the usual family gathering causes extra stress, try something else. If you don’t want to travel, invite people over to your house instead. Tired of being the host? Let someone else take on the responsibility or plan to eat out. Lots of restaurants remain open over the Christmas period these days and there’s plenty of options to give plans a little rejig. If you already know what’s going to stress you out, change it up a bit and spend more time enjoying this time of year.

Plan ahead

Being organised can help take de-stress during a busy time. Writing lists, planning which nights you want to go out and budgeting for Christmas presents and events can help take some of the stress away. You’ll feel a little more control, and by going a little out of schedule won’t stress you out as much as not being organized in the first place. If you find yourself a little overwhelmed, enlist a little help from the family getting them to help write Christmas cards, wrap presents and decorate the house to take some of the pressure off.

Pace yourself

By deciding on and sticking to limits, you can help to make it through the whole of the holiday season. When visiting family, stay one or two nights instead of the whole week, make an appearance at a party but go home early to take some time for you. Limit over-doing the alcohol and fatty foods that increase stress and anxiety levels. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you pace yourself.

Fresh air

Getting motivated on cold and rainy days can be hard, but making the most out of the sunny days and getting some fresh air can help to de-stress over the holiday season. Getting a little vitamin D can help to lift your mood and help you enjoy your well-deserved break. In addition to this, it has been reported that the rhythm and repetition of walking can help. It’s been report it can increase brain activity, decrease anxiety and improve sleep. A simply family boxing day walk or taking the dog for a walk can really help to lower stress.

Beat the germs

The winter season can bring on a bout of flu and cold germs. Catching them can wipe you out and cause added stress you just don’t need. By making sure you eat healthily, stay warm and avoid flu-ridden co-workers and friends you can stay healthy and happy. Wrap up when heading out into the cold, eat an abundance of rich in vitamin veggies with your Christmas roasties and get plenty of rest to help de-stress.

Stay in a rest up

During the holidays, added pressures can affect our sleeping patterns. Not getting enough sleep can wear down your body’s defences, which can add to stress levels. Be smart and spend some nights indoors in the warm and get an early night. Taking a little time for yourself can help to reboot your system and de-stress over the holiday season. That way, you can keep up with all the rest of the plans and enjoy them a little more.

Remember, ‘tis the season to be jolly

More important than anything else, remember to have fun! Whilst Christmas can be stressful, it’s important to enjoy the time you have off work. Spend plenty of time with your loved ones and relax. Not only that, but laughing can actually help to reduce stress hormones. So, make having fun a priority this Christmas and it will help you to de-stress and get ready for the New Year!