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Winter Warm Up

Stress Less This Season

It is the most wonderful time of the year. But the hustle and bustle of the holiday season mixed with freezing temperatures can take a toll on your mind and body…if you let it. When feeling overwhelmed by last-minute holiday shopping or desperately yearning for a warm day at the beach, take a few minutes to reset. You can ease seasonal blues with these quick tips.

"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer."

-Albert Camus

5 Tips To Stress Less:

1. Sweat It Out

Just five minutes is all you need. Grab your hat and gloves and brave the cold for a short walk or activity. Exercise will release stress-battling endorphins. And studies have found the same activity done outdoors versus inside can boost your mood in even a short amount of time.

2. Let It Go

Holding on to stress can cause pain in the neck and back. Find a simple release that works for you. Even if it means letting out a scream in private or blasting holiday tunes in the car while singing along. If quiet does the trick, spend a few minutes breathing deeply.

3. Enjoy A Little Sweetness

Cookies and candy are plentiful this time of year. But loading up on sugar will cause highs and lows which only add to the anxiety and stress already felt. Enjoy sweet treats in moderation – try having just one, instead of a handful.

4. Let There Be Light

The days are much shorter, so make the most of the daylight by hitting the pillow at a decent hour and waking up earlier. Let in as much natural light as possible by opening up all the curtains at home, and pulling back the cover of the sun roof on the road.

5. Give Back

It is the season of giving. Helping family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers can be an instant mood booster. Open your heart to help someone in need and experience feel-good vibes at the same time.

When all else fails…snuggle up with a fuzzy blanket and a warm drink of choice. Do not miss the magic of the holiday season, or the beauty of freshly fallen snow by wishing it away.

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