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5 Ways to Manage Stress Over the Holiday Period

5 Ways to Manage Stress

While the holiday season signals the most wonderful time of the year, it is also a time that’s often filled with stress. The harsh reality is that the global pandemic and consequential social restrictions are likely to increase the risk of Christmas anxiety too.

On a brighter note, it is possible to stay on top of your emotions throughout the holiday season by implementing the right lifestyle changes and holiday stress relievers. Here are six of the best.

1. Invest in sleep

When you are well-rested, your outlook on life will naturally improve as you will be blessed with increased energy levels and visibly more beautiful skin. It should also be noted that sleep actively reduces your cortisol (the stress hormone) levels. A good evening routine that includes at least one hour away from digital screens should help you drift off in style to keep Christmas stress at bay.

2. Maintain interactions 

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Social restrictions and potential isolation may stop you from meeting friends and family as freely as you’d like this festive season. Nonetheless, interactions with other humans are the key to coping with holiday stress. Our guide to staying connected during this difficult time will serve you well. Moreover, this holiday season is the perfect time to unleash your silly side with the family. Laughter truly is the best medicine for fighting Christmas stress. 

3. Avoid unnecessary overspending 

Presence, not presents. While time spent apart from friends and family will naturally encourage you to spend more than usual on gifts, you must resist the temptation. Money worries are the most common source of holiday stress by far, and insecurities surrounding your career pile on even more pressure. Besides, you will be able to get more for your money in the post-holiday sales. It’s an excellent time to revise your household bills too. 

4. Schedule time to relax 

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The holiday season may mean a lot of time off work, but it certainly doesn’t always mean taking a break. The holidays can be the busiest time of the year, and that can become very stressful very quickly. Consequently, then, it’s crucial that you create space in your diary to forget about the stresses of modern life. A little pampering goes a long way to reducing holiday anxiety, and the fruit juice enzymes from Apple, Lemon and Cranberry within the Age Defying Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask is perfect for the job.

5. Get out of the house 

Over the last year, we’ve gotten very accustomed to being at home. It can be hard to get back into the habit of getting out and about, but spending some time away from the holiday hustle and bustle can be a great stress reliever. 
 
However, your efforts geared towards reducing holiday stress shouldn’t end there. Give your skin some TLC, perhaps with the Sensitive 1000 Ross Absolute Serum, and get out to explore the world. You will be amazed at the beauty waiting on your doorstep. The fresh air and exercise can work wonders.

6. Create a designated workspace 

Establishing a healthy work-life balance is crucial at all times, but it carries even greater importance right now. Many of us are still working from home, or are splitting the time between home and office. If you’re working remotely and have to navigate the festive decorations, you can find yourself easily distracted by holiday planning and activities, and this can interrupt your work and compound your stress. 
 
Even if you do not have an office in the home, you must build a space that is designed for work. This will allow you to stay productive during work hours and combat Christmas stress. More importantly, it’ll allow you to shut off from work when you’re done. This is essential for your mindset at this time.

 

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