5 Keys to a Stress-free Holiday Season

Ironic, isn’t it? The Holiday Season, running from ThanksgivingStress holiday through New Years should be the most relaxing time of your year. For many people, it is a time filled with family, vacations and get-togethers, sleeping late, eating traditional Holiday foods, and presents!

In spite of all the trimmings, this Holiday Season has proven to be THE most stressful time of the year, according to a study done by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, in 2006. 1

Among other results, the study found that these were the leading Holiday stressors, from greatest to least:

  • Lack of time
  • Lack of money
  • Commercialism or hype
  • Pressure of giving or getting gifts
  • Family gatherings
  • Staying on a diet
  • Increasing my credit card debt
  • Travel
  • My children

The study found these qualities to be the leading Positive Emotions displayed by people during the Holiday Season:

  • Happiness
  • Love
  • Connectedness
  • Extra Energy

However, the study also found that these were the leading Negative Emotions displayed by people during the Holiday Season:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Irritability
  • Bloating
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Loneliness

The key findings of the study are that Holiday stress has a particular impact on women who take charge of many of the holiday celebrations, particularly the tasks related to preparing meals and decorating the home. Women are more likely than men to report an increase of stress during the holiday season. In addition, they have a harder time relaxing during the holidays and are more likely to fall into bad habits to manage their stress, like comfort eating.

You probably did not need me to tell you all this. You may cycle through the same set of positive and negative emotions every year around this time.

My point is, what is your MOST important asset?

If you said, “My health,” then

What are some steps you can take to promote and protect your happy holiday seasonMOST important asset?

Sleep!

Stay positive!

Focus on your great dietary habits!

Exercise!

Most importantly, continue with your Chiropractic appointments!

My experience has been that patients who maintain or INCREASE their level of commitment during the Holiday Season experience are able to better successfully adapt to the stress of the Holiday Season better than those who alter their level of commitment.

I’m here to help. Let’s keep you on track for your BEST Holiday Season ever!

Why not, you deserve it

[1] 2006 Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, October 24, 2006

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