The holidays are a time of joy where we take a moment to celebrate life with those we love. However, often times with the holidays comes additional stress and anxiety. Shopping in crowded malls, hosting friends or family, and mailing out those holiday cards in time are just a few of the stressful tasks that can get you down. The good news is that just as stress can easily creep up on us, with simple relaxation exercises we can significantly reduce the physical and mental challenges associated with stress.
The most important thing to remember is to ‘just breathe’! Slow, deep breaths help relax your tense muscles and help provide your vital organs with the oxygenated blood they need to function. Deep breaths also send a signal to your body to slow down and relax which in turn reduces some of the more significant symptoms of stress such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure.
Another way many choose to relieve excess tension due to stress is through holistic medicine. Massage therapy, Acupuncture, Reiki and Reflexology are just a few of the therapeutic practices proven to relieve stress and reduce muscle tension. In fact, at Sunshine we believe so strongly in the importance of total body wellness that we offer therapeutic wellness services in all of our Communities.
While deep breathing and therapeutic practices may do wonders to relieve stress, there are also ways to prevent stress before it starts. Choosing to make your home a calm, relaxing environment, can do wonders for your sense of well-being. Relaxing scents such as lavender and soft classical background music can truly transform your living space into a calm, tranquil place. Implementing storage organization tactics and reducing excess clutter is also incredibly important for creating an environment of peace and relaxation.
So as the holidays start to creep up on you, don’t forget to give yourself a well-deserved moment of peace. You may choose to treat yourself to a gentle massage or simply take a few minutes at the start or end of your day and ‘just breathe’.
Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday from all of us at Sunshine Retirement Living!
*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living