While it’s called the “season of joy,” this time of year can be hectic and taxing. Holiday shopping, traveling and visiting family adds stress that can negatively impact an individual’s health and well-being. Research shows that massage therapy can help reduce stress and improve your overall health this holiday season and all year-round.
Cope With Holiday Stress
- Stick with your daily health routine. Deviating too much from your normal routine can add to your stress. Go easy on the holiday sweets and follow a balanced diet. Exercise regularly to help maintain your energy level during a busier schedule.
- Don’t overextend yourself. Allow yourself to say ‘no’ during the holidays. Doing more than you have the time or energy for is another way to add to your holiday stress level.
- Take a me moment to get a massage. According to research, massage therapy can be effective for stress relief. Research shows that massage therapy can reduce stress significantly on physical and psychological levels including decreased blood pressure and heart rate as well significant changes in emotional states.
– courtesy American Massage Therapy Association