5 Simple Ways to Relax During the Holidays

“The holidays may not always seem like the most joyful time of the year, but, with a little mindfulness, they can be a time to reflect, give thanks and truly enjoy being with family and friends. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, we often feel overwhelmed by holiday obligations and genuine good intentions. Here, five simple ways to slow down, relax, and get more pleasure out of the holiday season.”
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1. Keep Moving
Don’t let the busy holiday season sidetrack your regular exercise routine. Aerobic exercise releases endorphins, making you “feel no pain,” and it produces a natural high.
2. Soak in the (HOT) Tub
Soaking in hot tubs relaxes your muscles, can settle your mind and helps you sleep, which promotes your body’s natural defenses against stress.
3. Use Your Senses
Use the power of imagery to calm down. Stare at a photo of a favorite place and imagine what it looks, feels and sounds like to be there.
4. Be in the Present
Simply paying attention to the present moment without judging it (no worrying about the future or fretting about the past) slows breathing and improves your outlook.
5. Improve Your Mood With Food
At your next meal or snack, combine a complex carbohydrate, like whole-grain bread, with a protein, such as turkey or low-fat cheese.

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