Feeling stressed already this festive season, mama? Fitness experts Vanessa and Amanda weigh in with 7 easy tips to keep things merry and avoid festive season stress
The festive season is upon us. Orchard Road is aglow, and all the malls are lined with holiday messages – a sure sign of Christmas in Singapore. It’s such a wonderful time of year spent with friends and family, but sadly all the parties, gatherings and social engagements can really begin to take a toll on us. Many of us become so overwhelmed and stressed during this time that we fail to actually be mentally present with our loved ones.
However, while tending to the needs of our families and friends, it’s also important to have that special ‘you’ time to help restore your body, mind and soul.
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Here are some key survival tips to make you feel at ease during this festive season:
Sweat out the stress
De-stress with exercise :Head out for a jog, take a swim or do a workout (we’ve got you covered). This will help to clear your head and boost endorphins which, in turn, reduce stress hormones. It’s a win-win!
Breathe it all in and let it all out
Slow, deep, regular breathing is a sign of relaxation. Deep purposeful breaths will shake off stale energy, wake up the brain, calm your nerves and ground you in the moment.
Feel the sand between your toes
Feel the sun on your skin, the sand between your toes, the wind in your hair and smile. There are many studies that support the healing benefits of nature on the human body and psyche, so be sure to get outdoors.
Disconnect from technology
Smartphones are linked to increased stress, as more and more people feel pressure to respond to messages and emails at all times. Turn off the phone or leave it behind for the day. Be present with your loved ones and yourself.
Feeling out of control can bring on stress – particularly if you’re at the mercy of countless family commitments and activities. Plan ahead for downtime – enjoy a cup of tea in silence, try yoga or even a bush walk. Make sure you plan for this downtime so you can recharge, and then reconnect.
This season can bring about stress and tension with loved ones; for the sake of winning an argument, think “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be happy?” The need to be right, to control people, situations and outcomes, often impacts our ability to be at peace (and happy) with others and ourselves.
Have an attitude of gratitude
Regularly appreciating all the small yet significant things in our lives is a great way to relieve stress and gain some life perspective. If you are ever feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to pause, reflect and give thanks.
If you need to blow off some steam, join Momentum Bootcamps on one of their festive workouts. Sign up HERE for a free trial!