For some, the holiday season is all about joy, giving to others, family, and good food. For others, it can be a stressful, torturous venture into the depths of family dysfunction, overeating, and high credit card debt. With the pressures and expectations of home decorating, home cooking, and holiday parties coupled with the navigation of the overcrowded malls and parking lots, tis the season for stress, emotional eating, and chronic fatigue.
So with many people dreading the beginning of December, we offer the following tips to make this time of year as healthy and stress free as possible…
The party season will be getting underway any minute now and with it comes late nights (coupled with the odd hangover). As some of us begin to feel the pressure of the season on our shoulders, sleep deprivation may make the tiniest molehill look like a mountain.
A good night’s sleep (anything between 7 – 9 hours of deep sleep) has amazing restorative powers and will provide us with the resiliency we may need to get to the New Year (with our nerves intact). If getting to sleep is a challenge, try turning off the screen 30-45 minutes before bedtime and/or have a hot shower or bath to help relax and induce sleep.