The Friday Five – Tips for Managing Holiday Stress
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“It’s the holiday season, with the whoop-de-do and hickory dock,” ahhh can you hear the catchy melody in your head? Here’s more, “Happy Holiday, Happy Holiday,while the merry bells keep ringing, Happy Holidays to you!” Sounds just delightful doesn’t it? While the songs of the season may paint a picture of heart-warming, merry and bright moments many of us can hardly relate. Whether you’re crawling on a toy store floor searching for that coveted gift, baking mountains of cookies, or listening to Aunt Myrtle tell you what a great president we are going to have, the holidays may feel about as far from joyful as you can get. Luckily, this week’s Friday Five sends out a life raft for those of us drowning in holiday “cheer,” and provides us with some quick and easy ways to gain control of the madness in both our world and our minds.
25 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress
Did you know sniffing citrus can make you happy and mangoes induce a feeling of calm over your body? Health.com (@goodhealth) offers tips to combat holiday stress from experts across the spectrum. Choose any from their list of twenty-five or maybe combine a few to help you have your happiest holiday yet.
6 Simple Practices to Handle Holiday Stress
The Greater Good Science Center (@GreaterGoodSC), based at the University of California, Berkeley, studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Their work and findings can help you stay grounded and present in the midst of holiday madness. Here are six tried and true research-based practices that will melt away your holiday stress.
Home for the Holidays – Tips for overcoming holiday anxiety and stress
The song goes, “Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays,” but some of us can think of a million places that can surely beat “home sweet home.” WebMD (@WebMD) takes an honest look at how for some, family gatherings and traditions can take the joy out of the holidays. The article helps you to identify what may be causing your anxiety and why. But don’t fret, once you’ve identified the triggers the article arms you with some sure fire strategies to help you make it to the new year relatively unscathed.
3 Simple Hacks To Manage Your Holiday Stress
There are things in life you can control and things you can’t. This article, from HealYourLife.com (@HealYourLife), helps you distinguish between the two and then use this knowledge to build your “circle of control” where you focus your energy on the things you can manage. In doing so you protect yourself from outside stressors and create your own peace, from the inside out.
5 Things to do to Decrease Your Stress in under 5 Minutes
Sometimes the stress feels like so much to bear that even the strategies for relief can be overwhelming. Brighter Birch Counseling (@Brighter_Birch) offers these five techniques that will have you de-stressing in less than five minutes. Put them all together and you might just find yourself in a Buddha-like state in under twenty-five!
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