It’s the greeting we give and receive from just-after Thanksgiving, to right after the New Year. Yet, how many people actually feel happiness and joy during this time?
Forty-five percent of Americans would prefer to skip Christmas, according to a survey from Think Finance and reported on www.nbcnews.com. And, a new study from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council reports that 31% of Americans feel the holiday are “frantic.” Schedules, parties and events, monetary demands, and a growing list of other to-dos all feed the freneticism.
- 49% turn to coffee
- 17% turn to energy drinks
- A whopping 74% overload on unhealthy snacks and treats
- 60% experience guilt over their eating habits once the holidays have come and gone
Take Back Your Holidays
Enjoying the holidays can and should be a personal goal. And, it’s not one that’s hard to achieve with these simple methods from EXOS:
- Visualize the Positive: If you expect to encounter a stressful situation, you can prepare by living the situation in your mind.
- Take 5 minutes to ﬁnd a quiet place, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
- Imagine yourself in the scene. Visualize everything intimidating or uncomfortable and notice the physical sensations they create in your body.
- Shift your mental image to the optimal outcome. Imagine yourself handling the situation with conﬁdence and ease.
- Find Balance, Daily
- Find 10 minutes a day to clear your mind.
- Prepare to the best of your ability for events you know may be stressful (visualize the positive).
- Take the time to talk with friends and family.
- Don’t forget to fuel yourself through regular, well-balanced meals.
- Avoid overscheduling so your body and brain can reset between events.
- Focus on Friends and Family
- Take the time to make in-person, 1:1 connections.
- Set aside 3-4 hours to put your electronics down and focus on friends and family.
- Limit your cell phone use to emergencies only.
- Challenge yourself to not watch the clock.
- Limit yourself to 1 social media post, and 30 minutes for browsing each day.
- Travel Smart
- Drink 8 ounces of water for every hour you’re flying.
- Limit napping to help your body adjust.
- Avoid alcohol to decrease your risk of dehydration.
- Adjust your watch to help your brain sync with the new time zone.
- Try not to use caffeine to stay awake.
- Sleep as much as you can the first night you arrive at your destination.
Planning for a less stressful holiday season isn’t about creating an easier schedule. It’s about setting the tone for the experience you desire. Breaking the stress cycle begins with a thoughtful approach and proactive planning.
In partnership with EXOS, a world leader in human performance and the management company for CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.