It's the holiday season and although it's supposed to be the happiest time of the year a lot of people get stressed out by the pressure of shopping for gifts and entertaing friends and family. We all react to stress - sometimes with physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, irritability, depression or overeating, withdrawal from activities, over activity or crankiness. With everything that is going on in The United States and the holiday festivities, here are some ways to reduce and manage stress to help you get more joy from the holiday season.
Perhaps one of the best ways of dealing with stress during the holidays or at any other time in your life is to exercise regularly. Studies have shown that physical activity not only increases your level of fitness and energy, but also can lift your mood. In addition, exercise has been shown to reduce anger, stress, fatigue and confusion. Despite the many demands on your time, it's not a time to stop exercising. In fact, when you don't exercise regularly and are inactive, you begin to feel depressed and tired after only a week, according to a study by researchers at the University of Science uniformed health care providers in Bethesda, Maryland. Exercise can also give you the much-vaunted "Runner's high". In fact, studies show that rigorous physical activity of any kind increases the production of endorphins in your body and the flow of neurotransmitters to your brain.