5 Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | December 8th, 2008 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

When we’re stressed we overeat. We have a hard time sleeping. These reactionary ways of dealing with stress are usually automatic — and they put even more stress on your body in the long run. But you can take a proactive approach to stress management this holiday. Try one or more of these five steps I’ve seen help my clients the most:

1. Find an exercise program you enjoy doing. If you actually enjoy the workout, part of the stress relief has already taken place. Create, or get help creating, a program based on 2-3 resistance or weight workouts per week and 3-5 cardio workouts.

2. Start doing breathing exercises 2-3 times a day. Breathing is the only voluntary action (that we can control) that helps calm the nervous system physiologically. It helps the body find balance in stressful situations.

3. Meditate a few times a week. It can be a guided meditation, or it can be simply quietly sitting while listening your favorite music or in any quiet place. It doesn’t have to be more mysterious than that.

4. Delete unhealthy foods from your diet. This means processed foods, refined sugars, too much caffeine, etc. They’re stressful for your entire system. Treat your body well with healing foods such as fresh organic fruits and vegetables and lean meats. And boost your metabolism by eating small meals every three hours.

5. Give to others. One of the most powerful ways to heal yourself, get stress relief and feel joy is to give, give, give. Whether you choose to support good causes, lend an ear to someone in need or open the door to your fellow man, they key is to give an every-day gift!

Get out there and Live as Loud as you can!!



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  2. I’m not sure if there is a question and answer section on this site, this is the closest place I have found can post a comment and hope for some help.

    I exercise a good deal, low body fat ratio, meditate regularly amongst other good activities as well as give back to others. My weakness is my diet but would appreciate some suggestions.

    My main problem is healthy food causes an adverse reaction. I don’t get sick, maybe once a year. I try adding more fruit to my diet, apples, and within a day I start to get sick like I caught a cold or a flu. I thought it a fluke but tried again a week later and same thing happened.

    I am mainly a meat eater because my body rejects vegetables, maybe its my O blood type. The meal can look and smell good but I try to eat vegetables, other then just the starchy ones, and I literally have gagged on them. I had hoped acupuncture would help my taste buds get to a more balanced place but so far no luck.

    I’m the type of person that can literally eat the same meal about 5 times a week, yes I know I’m boring, does anybody have any tips on a simple diet switch or suggestions on how to change taste buds? Is my body getting sick when I try eating healthy foods a normal reaction that is temporary? Any help is appreciated.

    Mike | July 18th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  3. Hi Mike,
    We’re going to pose your questions to a couple of nutrition experts we work with. Please stay tuned for a response!

    Mary Jo Cameron | July 21st, 2009 | Comment Permalink

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