At this moment Thanksgiving is less than a week away and the holiday season is officially upon us. This is normally a season of increased stress for most people but it can also bring a lot of joy so we tend to handle the stress a little better and it all seems worth it for a fun and festive season.
This year is different though! The things that brought us joy may not be accessible in the middle of a pandemic. I think we all want to be safe and protect our loved ones from illness and suffering, so it is important to do the right thing and give up some of our traditions this season. For those without close families or the many families that have experienced loss this year, this may be a time of deep sadness and further isolation. Our hearts and minds are being taxed a lot more in 2020 and we need to focus on our mental health and well-being now more than ever.
Our mental health affects not only our quality of life but it can damage our physical health too. One very common symptom of stress is trouble sleeping. Did you know that one poor night's sleep weakens your immune system? Studies show that people who don't get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.
Other symptoms of stress can include the following:
anxiety sadness headaches clenched jaw body aches irritability high blood pressure
Plus, who enjoys feeling totally stressed out?!
So how can we cope and manage stress better this holiday season? Well, I have put together a couple resources for you!
Check out my YouTube video today for three self care tips to help you relax and find a little peace of mind. There is a short breathing exercise you can join me for and I think you will feel calmer too!
I also have a new FREE mini-course "Navigate the Holiday Season Stress Free!" that will give you 12 strategies to help you find more balance and navigate this holiday season with less stress. It also includes how to handle loneliness and a thoughtful gift guide with my top 12 affordable wellness inspired gifts.
I really think this course will help you find at least a few strategies that really resonate with you! Many of these tips will help you manage stress well beyond the holiday season! I hope that you will check it out and that it can help you feel your best.