Stress During This Holiday Season Can Affect Your Life
The holiday season can create a fair amount of stress in our lives. There are parties, shopping trips, cookies, appointments, lights, trees, vacations, kids out of school, and “REAL LIFE” thrown in there too. Do not let the season of giving be the season of stress.
Stress can have such a negative effect on our bodies, even when we internalize. I believe my depression was manifested by not allowing the stress to exit my body. I stored it up, sucked it in, never let anyone see me cry, and this had a detrimental effect on my health. Instead of taking my aggression out on the gym, I took it out on nightly frozen yogurt. Looking back I think of all the daily sugar my body ingested, due to the stress, was helping the negative cycle to continue.
Learning to cope and manage stress is the primary factor.
- I learned new ways to eat, for instance I added more living plants into my diet; I reduced excess sugar and alcohol. Increasing veggies and fruits can make a huge difference in energy. Think of it like this, the plants use the sun’s energy to grow, and when you ingest this, the suns energy is radiating through you!
- Get those toxins out of your body, they are bringing you down!
- I began to make ginger water and added real lemon to my assisting the digestion and release of toxins in my body.
- I reduced the “wheat” products in my diet, (cereals and wheat bread) once I did this I recognized wheat was affecting my body making me feel sluggish and as if my eyes weighted twenty pounds.
- Talking to someone who listens also plays a vital role in stress management. I know not everyone is fortunate enough to have a therapist to help with daily life, however finding a friend and confident you can trust to talk to can help get out the anxious feeling you have inside your body. You have to get your thoughts and feeling out.
- Having a strong spiritual bond helped me, once I learned God had a plan for me and that he was sufficient. He alone was enough to fill a void I had felt.
- Take time for yourself daily, this does not have to be long 5-10 minutes will help you re-charge. Sit quietly, drink hot tea, reflect on the good things of the day, pray or meditate.
All of these factors led to growth within myself. I am now able to give myself permission to cry and get it out. I personally know this tough time cannot last forever and in a blink of an eye my life may change. I am ready for that change and able to give up trying to control every aspect of my life.
This should be a time of Cheer and instead we turn it into a time of stress, adding too many appointments to the schedule, I unfortunately am 100% guilty of this. Remember we do not have to do it all, it is ok to prioritize important activities too. If you find yourself getting caught up take a step away and remember the reason for the season!