It’s Time to Stress Less!

The Holiday season is here, and as Andy Williams would say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” However, for many of us, it can also be the most stressful time of the year. With family obligations, travel plans, holiday parties, and a million other things, there’s no surprise that stress will find its way to you. We put together a list of ways for you to ditch the stress this holiday season. 

Plan, Plan, Plan

    • Planning can take as little as 5-10 minutes out of your day but has the power to make your entire day less stressful and much more productive
    • Make sure to write your to-do’s on paper – this way, you can visually see what’s realistic and what’s not.
    • Plan out your meals – when you have a million things to do, healthy eating is usually not your number one priority. Planning out your meals will take out the stress of unhealthy eating help you stay on track. 
    • Make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup ahead of time so you can enjoy the celebrations without worrying too much (we all know things can get pretty hectic before a party). 
    • Try to plan before the stress can creep in; this will make your life a little bit easier. 

Surround Yourself With the People You Love

    • What better way to destress than with spending quality time with the ones you love most? 
    • The best thing about the holidays is that family and friends are always around, and research shows that being in the mere presence of friends and family can physically reduce stress.
    • Surrounding yourself with others offers the opportunity for social interaction, which can help take your mind off other holiday stressors. 
    • Spending time with the ones who mean the most to you is always rewarding and can help you fully decompress after a stressful day of holiday planning. 

Be ‘Realistic’

    • It’s important to set realistic expectations, do your best and let the rest go.
    • The holidays do not have to be perfect, we often put too much pressure on ourselves to be the absolute best, but that’s not what the holidays are about. 
    • Let others help you – instead of trying to do all the cooking by yourself, let others help; this will allow for a pleasant, long stress-free visit with guests. 
    • So, stop exhausting yourself to prepare the perfect holiday spread. Instead, buy that 99-cent pack of rolls if that means being able to enjoy the day.

 

Invest in YOU

    • The holiday season can be a lot for many of us and can feel like a never-ending marathon. But like any good runner, it’s important to plan your pitstops along the way to refresh and refuel. 
    • Find something that will reduce your stress, whether that be with friends and family or by yourself. Schedule a massage, take a nap, go for a run, or spend time to chill and watch tv. 
    • An easy and effective way of getting back to your pre-holiday body, is with CoolSculpting and CoolTone at BodySquad. CoolSculpting will help remove unwanted fat (for good!) and CoolTone will tone and tighten your body.
    • Come in for a free body assessment and we will work with you to create the perfect plan for your goals and budget

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Though the holidays can be a time of stress, this is a time to be joyous and relax a bit. There are several ways to minimize it by implementing these simple tips so you can fully enjoy this festive time of year!

 

Megan Condon

In 2019, Megan became the Social Media and Content Manager for BodySquad. She uses marketing techniques to creatively present the BodySquad brand and assists in supervising the daily maintenance of social media initiatives.