6 Tips For a Stress Free Holiday Season
With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, you can count on an inevitable sprinkle of seasonal stress.
Meeting deadlines, planning events, and wrapping up your 2013 "to do" list can put a serious burden on your physical and mental state.
Take care of yourself with these six stress-reducing tips from our massage therapist Desi:
- Get outdoors and in the sunshine – Lift your mood and thwart Seasonal Affective Disorder. Sunshine is proven to boost your body's Vitamin D levels, strengthening your immune system and giving you energy.
- Take a walk – Brief exercise for 30 minutes every day helps relieve anxiety and can reduce the effects of stress. Exercise can boost your mood for up to 12 hours and help you get better sleep.
- Enjoy the time with family and friends – Spend less time (and money) shopping, we all have enough stuff. Instead indulge in the special moments that only those closest to us can bring.
- Don't over do it – Only take on what you truly have time for this holiday season. Volunteer for one good cause instead of trying to take on too many.
- Breathe – Don't underestimate the power of breath. Try inhaling deeply through the nose, filling your lungs completely, then letting out your breath very slowly. Try this three times or more for immediate stress reduction.
- Get a Massage – Massage is the best tool to keep stress levels at bay. A 30 minute massage is proven to reduce cortisol (stress hormones), lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and release the "feel good" endorphins giving you an overall sense of calm.
TOMORROWS is offering massage packages $10 off each massage when you buy three or more. Treat yourself or give the perfect gift of stress-free living.
One of Desi's greatest characteristics is the ability to tailor each massage to her client’s specific needs and help relieve their stress or pain in any way she can.
The massage style she has crafted over years of experience is therapeutic - helping people relieve their pain in particular areas of the body and also relieving stress.
Visit Desi at the Christmas Connection November 22-24 at the IX Center.