• Oh, There’s No Place for Stress at the Holidays

    by Dr. Jeanette Altieri
    on Dec 8th, 2014

Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays,
‘Cause no matter how far away you roam,
If you want to be happy in a million ways,
For the holidays, You can’t beat home, sweet home.

Perry Como sings these lines in the classic Christmas song, “Home for the Holidays.” But, for many of us, when we think about getting the whole family together, or going home for Christmas, the revised lyrics below might be more accurate:

Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays,

‘Cause no matter how far away you roam,

If you want to be STRESSED OUT in a million ways,

For the holidays, You can’t beat home, TENSE home.

If you find yourself counting down the days until you have to fulfill family obligations, or you are feeling the pressure that holiday spending is putting on your bank account, try these natural, stress-busting ideas to keep yourself calm this holiday season.

  1. Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Research shows that taking a 20- or 30-minute walk each day can give you peace of mind and lower your stress level. Even if it’s chilly outside, bundle up and choose walking outdoors instead of inside a crowded mall. Being outside in a natural environment along with a little exercise and fresh air can help combat anxiety and even help you sleep better at night.
  2. Silent Night: We’ve all heard it before, but getting enough sleep is even more essential during the busy holiday season. Turn off all your electronic devices, dim the lights, and sip some herbal tea at least one hour before bedtime. Unplugging from all that demands your attention will give your brain time to relax and decompress after a busy day.
  3. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: Enjoy every moment because before you know it, the holiday season is over. Take time to have fun with your kids, dance around the living room with your spouse, have a family game night – anything that brings you happiness or gives you pleasure. Adding levity and laughter to your day does wonders for your psyche and for everyone around you.
  4. Be of Good Cheer: When it comes to challenging family gatherings, choose being kind over being right. Sometimes the holiday season brings out the worst in long-standing family feuds. Put them to rest by being extra nice – especially to the people who know how to push your buttons.
  5. ‘Twas the Spice Before Christmas: Did you know that eating spicy foods triggers endorphins in your brain? You can feel some of that same natural high you get after a good workout just by eating a spicy bowl of chili. A little spice in your food can also contribute to good heart health, lower blood pressure, and even weight loss. Who doesn’t want that during the holidays?

With a conscious effort, instead of experiencing a stress-filled holiday season, you can enjoy celebrating with family and friends. After all…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

There’ll be much mistletoe-ing

And hearts will be glowing

When loved ones are near

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Author Dr. Jeanette Altieri Dr. Jeanette Altieri is a licensed Chiropractor serving the Lawrenceville community for more than 20 years.She is certified in the Webster technique, a safe and gentle technique for turning breech babies, with specialty areas in Nutrition, Pediatrics, and Pregnancy. She is an international speaker, speaking to chiropractors, their families and staff about the care of infants, children, pregnancy and motivation. She also co-hosted a local radio talk show, “Health Talk,” to help educate people on the benefits of alternative therapies and wellness.

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