Top 10 Tips to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

The holidays can be a joyful time of celebration as well as a major source of stress.

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Top 10 Tips To Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays should be a joyful time — but celebrating with family and loved ones can also be a major source of holiday stress — especially during a pandemic. For a former smoker, it can feel like temptation is more common that holiday tree ornaments. However, there are some highly effective ways to avoid holiday stress. It starts with identifying your triggers and knowing how to deal with them.

With COVID-19 still looming, it’s important to remember what the CDC recommends to help prevent the spread of the virus. Washing hands, staying socially distant and avoiding large gatherings are critical to keeping yourself — and your loved ones safe. If anyone is feverish or feeling unwell, they should stay at home and away from others.

Use these 10 anxiety-reducing tips. They’ll make this holiday season your happiest (and healthiest!) one yet.

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1. Stay Rested

The holidays can wear you down, which can lead to stress and moments of weakness. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep and take naps whenever you need them.

2. Reduce Caffeine

For many, coffee is an essential part of the holidays. We drink it in the morning to prepare for a full day ahead. We drink it after our big holiday meals. But too much can leave you feeling jittery. If you find you’re drinking coffee to stay awake, try resting instead.

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3. Drink Water

Water is perfect for calming cravings and flushing toxins out of your system. Plus, staying hydrated helps you feel better overall. You can easily liven up your H20 with these infused water recipes from Shape Your Future.

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4. Embrace The Distraction

Like every holiday, there’s always something going on to break you out of your routine. Instead of allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by it, focus on living in the moment and try to enjoy it.

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5. Talk To Someone

Remember: You’re surrounded by friends and loved ones who care about you. If you’re feeling stressed or craving a cigarette, talking to someone can help turn those feelings around.

6. Breathe Deeply

Take a few slow, deep breaths — in through your nose and out through your mouth. After just a few breaths, you’ll feel your body relax.

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7. Take A Break

If you need a break from the constant togetherness, step away for a while. Instead of reaching for a cigarette, go for a walk, grab a drink of water or a light snack.

8. Say Yes To Saying No

Throughout the holidays, there will be lots of gatherings and parties. It’s impossible to say yes to all of them — so don’t! Saying no will help take extra pressure off. Remember — if you’re not confident the gathering will conform to pandemic protocols, saying no is the most responsible choice you can make.


9. Meditate

Sometimes we can’t get away physically. That’s when it’s time to take a mental vacation. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a safe, relaxing place. Stay there as long as you need to.

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10. Eat Better

Eating poorly can sometimes lead us to do other unhealthy things. Like smoking or vaping. Enjoy holiday foods wisely and avoid eating too much of the less healthy options in front of you. Remember tip #3: Drink plenty of water!

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