We are right in the middle of the holiday season and instead of feelings of joy and good tidings, you might be feeling down, overwhelmed and lonely. Check out these de-stressors to melt away anxiety and warm up to enjoy this holiday season.
1. Take a time out
Don’t forget to take time for yourself! It’s easy to get wrapped up in the needs of others. Whether it’s meditation, reading or going for a walk, remember self-care during these busy times.
2. Forgive someone
During the holidays, we hold on to a lot of emotions from the past that can cause us stress or pain in the present. Call up someone who you have been holding resentment towards and forgive them. Remember, it’s not about them; this will make you feel more at peace to not hold on to the anger.
3. Remember your achievements
Take stock of your year and list three things you did that make you feel proud. They can be big like running a marathon or less public like eating healthier. Whether you realize it or not, in certain parts of your life, you have made a lot of progress, so be proud of it! Write them down and put them somewhere you can see them.
When you work out, your brain releases chemicals that have antidepressant-like effects and also help to decrease muscle tension. Exercise is more fun with a friend, and you will be more likely to keep it up.
5. Help someone
Nothing will make you feel as good as when you are helping someone else. Make it your goal to do an act of kindness every day this month. Hold the door for a stranger, send a friend a card and give a genuine compliment to someone you know who works very hard at something. Or volunteer at ActionAIDS: 215-981-3324.