This time of the year can be very stressful for some. Fewer daylight hours plus more cold and inclement weather lead to a depressive feeling. Many people feel an increased level of stress and anxiety when the holidays approach. The holidays also mean more requirements on your time and a heightened interaction with others.
Here are 5 simple things you can do to limit your stress and anxiety.
1. Start early – Don’t wait until the last moment to do something. This only increases the pressure to get it done and makes the possibility of failure high.
2. Make a list – Making a list reduces uncertainties that often lead to increased stress and anxiety. The easiest way to do this is to sit down and remember what you did last year. Write down everything that you did the previous year. You can do it in any order and add anything you think you’ll need to do this year. Then rank the list in any order you want. Later, when you review it, you can add or cut items. Having it at hand comforts the mind that it doesn’t have to struggle with remembering everything.
3. Exercise – Physical exercise is good for the mind. It helps the body create and release hormones that can lift up your spirits and give you energy. Don’t over-do it, but a moderate increase in your everyday activity is a great way to stay positive and motivated.
4. Get plenty of sleep – A good night’s rest can do wonders for your attitude and ability to handle stress.
5. Do a good deed – It is amazing how the simple act of being kind or doing a good deed will brighten your own day.
If you still have trouble with stress and anxiety I offer a safe holistic method for dealing with it. Hypnosis is a proven way to reduce stress and anxiety. For more information or to book an appointment visit my website at conroelifechanges.com or call me at (936) 537-5666
Bill Torgan, C.H.