The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but can also be stressful. In this current economy, stress is a year-round issue and the effects of that take a toll not only on our minds but also our bodies. Managing stress requires a strategy. We can't do much about the economy, but we can take strategic measures to help minimize our personal stress level.
Being proactive, taking control over that which we have control, is the first step. There are many strategies for stress reduction, but exercise and massage are two that have both stress-reducing and additional long-term health benefits.
Exercise is a proven method of stress relief. You release endorphins, causing you to feel better. And you also burn off some of those holiday cookies :) It doesn't have to be intense exercise, though there are significant benefits to that, just a simple walk, a bike ride will help. If your holiday parties include dancing, well all the better! Strive to do something active for at least 30 minutes every day and you will not only help reduce your stress, but you will gain other health benefits as well.
A massage may seem like an indulgence, but it's real medicine that not only helps reduce your stress, but can even boost your immune system - nice bonus during cold and flu season! You'll feel better, be more relaxed, and know you're doing something positive and healthy for your body. For more reading on the health benefits of a massage, read the article here. Finding a good massage therapist may take some time, but its well worth the effort (and you'll get some great massages while you 'shop').
So, enjoy the holidays, get out for a walk, top it off with a great massage, and enjoy spending time with family and friends!
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