The holidays are suppose to be the most joyous time of the year, but sometimes they can bring us more stress than happiness. We want to provide you tips on how to enjoy the holidays with less stress.
How to Create More Joy and Less Stress?
Live in the Now
The best way to be present is to live in the moment. Focus on your surroundings and the love of your family and friends. Don’t stress over making sure you have the right gifts or that Christmas dinner is perfect. Be thankful for the time you have with your family and friends and make the best out of the present moment! As they say, “The small things matter the most.”
It’s common to have stress over how much we have to do. By planning and prioritizing what’s important it can make life easier. Pick one thing that is the most important and get it done first, so it can move you closer to your highest goal.
Sleep is the healthiest way to minimize stress because it revitalizes the body. Lack of sleep causes extra stressors and can lead to a number of health issues. It was found that getting an extra hour of sleep each night brings the same amount of happiness as getting a $60,000 raise. Tips for getting more sleep are not going to bed till you feel sleepy, get out of bed if your not sleeping, get up at the same time everyday, and spend less time in bed.
Be Kind to Yourself
At times life can present difficulties, but don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s important that you take time for self-care and provide yourself with some peace of mind. Remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can during troubled times. Take a step back and get a massage or treat yourself to a nice dinner.
Laughter is the Best Happiness
Laughing often is a positive way of relieving tension. It releases positive endorphins in the brain, which increases contentment. Also, it decreases stress hormones in the body. Laughing with loved ones and friends is the best way to bring happiness into your life.
Having a positive mindset creates a healthier life with increased happiness. It’s been shown that having an optimistic outlook is even more important than physical health in determining someone’s well-being. You can increase positivity by starting the day with writing down 5 things that you’re grateful for in your life.
Take Care of Yourself
We can best take care of ourselves when we are in good shape and well-nourished. Exercise is a great stress reliever and keeps the body functioning best. In addition, a healthy diet is extremely important. We must take the time to savor our food and not just eat mindlessly.
One of the most important factors for relieving stress is socializing. This includes spending quality time with family, friends, or joining a volunteer group. There is a direct correlation between social time and reported happiness. Try to organize monthly meetups with friends, so you have something to look forward to.
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