Stress Management Tips For the Holiday Season

For some, this has seemingly been the longest year in history. For others, it’s shocking that we’re already in the final month of the year — where did the time go? Now that we’re in the thick of the holiday season, you may be feeling a little bit stressed. This is absolutely okay and entirely normal. Because the holiday season can be stressful, today’s blog at Nextera Healthcare in Greeley talks about some great tips that you can employ to reduce your stress levels and enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season.

You may think that being stressed out is no big deal. But prolonged stress or even severe stress for short time periods can drastically weaken your immune system and lead to you getting sick. So rather than grin and bear it this time around, try some of the following tips.

Did the holiday stress make it so that you got sick? No worries, if you’re a part of our healthcare plans at Nextera Healthcare in Greeley, we’ll help you beat your illness in no time. Contact us today!

Get Enough Sleep

The first holiday-stress-reducing tip on the list is getting enough sleep. Sleep is the unsung hero of overall health. One of the best ways to keep your body firing on all cylinders is to be sure that you are getting about eight hours of sleep every night. As you get older, your body won’t require quite as much sleep, but at a bare minimum, you should shoot for six hours every night. Ultimately, your body will let you know how much sleep you need on a given night by how tired you feel if you don’t get enough. A well-rested you will be a much happier you. And, your holiday guests will certainly notice a difference if you have gotten enough sleep — you’ll surely be a delight!

If you are having trouble sleeping, whether it just be during the holiday season or throughout the entire year, our healthcare professionals at Nextera Healthcare in Greeley can help. Reach out today to learn more.

Take Time For Yourself

Our next stress reduction tip is to take a little time to yourself. Life can get crazy this time of year and you may feel like you have to take care of it all. But while you’re running around cooking, cleaning, shopping, and entertaining, it’s important to pencil in some time to do something that you want to do. This can be something as small as taking a nice bubble bath or going to catch that movie you’ve been wanting to see. While helping others is admirable, you can help others so much more when you take care of yourself first. Ask any of our healthcare professionals, they’ll tell you just how important proper self-care can be especially during the holiday season.

Ask For Help

Another powerful way to reduce your stress levels during the holiday is asking for help. For some people, this is one of the most difficult things to do. But trust us, it’s well worth it. It’s crucial to understand that you don’t have to do it all. You can delegate and ask for help when you need it. If and when you do, you will instantly feel less stressed. Whether it is something small like asking someone else to take the trash out or leaning on your healthcare provider for a mental health consultation, asking for help can make a world of difference. To keep your stress level manageable this holiday season, share the load and ask for help.

Set Healthy Boundaries

Our final tip in today’s blog from our Healthcare professionals is to set healthy boundaries. This will look different from person to person, but the principle is typically shared. If someone is asking or just doing something that you don’t like or aren’t comfortable with, communicate with them that it is not okay. Does your mother-in-law insist on staying a full month for the holiday season? If you’re not okay with it, it’s important to let her know. It could be an uncomfortable conversation, but it’s important that you advocate for your needs so that you can have a pleasant holiday season too. Perhaps you can come to a compromise where she stays a week or two rather than a full month!

Nextera Healthcare in Greeley

Thanks for tuning into today’s blog at Nextera Healthcare in Greeley. We want to do our part to keep you and your family happy and healthy this holiday season — whether it be through a stress-reducing blog or providing medical care at our facility! If you are someone who is prone to getting more than a little stressed during this time of year, remember to get enough sleep, take me-time, ask for help, and set healthy boundaries. The results may just surprise you!

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