We’re coming to the end the year which means it’s one thing…FESTIVE SEASON. With that comes so many things both good and challenging. Keeping your cool can become a real challenge however it’s something everyone should make a priority.
Benefits of reduced stress
1. Reduces your blood pressure which, with age becomes more important. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is dangerous makes the heart work harder to get blood out to the body and contributes to hardening of the arteries. This can lead to stroke, kidney disease and heart failure.
2. Creates mental well-being not to mention reduces irritability, impatience and anger outbursts. Constantly feeling this way can also lead to fatigue.
3. Increases daytime energy due to restful sleep. Also increases focus and mental ability both due to better sleep routine and less to think about.
These are only a few of many examples and health benefits of reducing stress. Unfortunately at this time of year there’re increases in stress causing pressures. Often employers are closing business for the year and wish to either complete the task or “End on a high”. Then there’s the self reflection that comes with the ending of a year such as whether you achieved your personal goals. This isn’t even with the added stress of Christmas plans and all that comes with it. Not to mention if it’s also Winter for you then it’ll be dark and cold which can be stressful when hibernation isn’t an option!
Expect The Unexpected
A signal failure in the height of the festive season during rush hour when you’ve (for once) left early from work is enough to get any one stressed. Unfortunately this scale of event is quite frequent this time of year so at least if it’s expected then you can emotionally manage it better. Better still, be flexible thought-out the season. Allow extra time even when you think you won’t need it. This way you should keep those stress levels down.
Prioritise Self Care
It’s vital that while being selfless that also find a little time to be selfish. If, like me, you’re a planner then allocate some time in the diary to self care. Take yourself on a date one evening or just treat yourself to something nice. To ensure you avoid overspending stress, consider keeping this to a budget. Treating yourself is particularly good as reaction to n unexpected stressful situation. Even if it’s something as simple as getting your fave juice or taking a walk, it makes a difference.
Remember to have fun
It seems obvious but this is something often forgotten and that is, have fun. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it is a time of year when everyone can just enjoy time off. Also time with friends and family who are also off work.
Often we spent a lot of time trying o get things right that we detract from what’s important. So no matter what you are doing this festive period I hope it is stress-free and fun.