You should be enjoying the holiday season and not stressing about it! With Christmas two days away and the added stress of hosting gatherings and attending celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Stress is the brain and body’s natural reaction to the many pressures and obligations we face during the holidays. Having some traditions change in order to celebrate safely during the coronavirus pandemic is an additional cause of anxiety and stress for many. The brain responds to stress by flooding our bodies with hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These elevated hormones can cause even more damage to our bodies, especially if symptoms aren’t addressed. Excessive stress may also lead to seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns is a type of depression that occurs with the changes of seasons.
Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and seasonal depression tend to be more prevalent throughout the winter months and can make it hard for many to find joy during the holidays. Follow these helpful tips to help reduce the many negative side effects of stress, seasonal depression, and anxiety.
Hydration Helps With Symptoms of Stress, Anxiety, and Seasonal Depression:
Drink a lot of water, or for a warm soothing beverage on a cold winter night try some organic tea. Also, remember to keep your skin well hydrated and protected by the harsh weather with salves, lotions, essential oils, and, chapstick or lip balm. Hydration supports brain health and can help improve your general state of mind.
How Keeping Active can Alleviate Stress, SAD, and anxiety:
We all want to relax a little, but it’s better to keep our bodies active to help alleviate anxiety and stress. Whether you’re running around to the stores trying to get those last-minute gifts, hitting the gym, or taking some time to incorporate yoga or meditation into your morning routine, it’s important to stay active during the holidays. Any type of exercise helps to release endorphins, these hormones can lessen stress and reduce symptoms of depression.
Spending time with loved ones is one of the many aspects of the holidays. Social distancing or restricted travel options may be an added stress factor for many this year, so it’s especially important to stay connected. Keeping in touch with friends and family can enhance your mood and help diminish the sensations of loneliness, stress, and depression.
Stress causes tension, which can lead to pain and even more stress. Treat yourself or a loved one to a relaxing, pain-relieving therapeutic massage to ease any unwanted symptoms. Take the pressure out of the holidays and your shoulders with a medical massage or a stress relief focused acupuncture treatment. Start the new year off with an invigorated mind and less stress. Integrative medicine is a great option that helps enhance your overall mood and bring balance to your body.
Taking care of your mental and emotional health is incredibly important. With acupuncture, you can alleviate many symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Acupuncture is helpful as a solo treatment, but it is highly effective when used in combination with other treatment methods. Even if you already receive clinical treatments, it is beneficial to add acupuncture to your treatment plan.
If you struggle with stress, worry, anxiety, seasonal depression, or any other emotional challenge during the holidays, Integrative Family Acupuncture & Massage Therapy on Long Island can help. We have knowledgeable, compassionate practitioners that are ready to help you. Whether you choose to relax or reduce pain with a medical massage or acupuncture, holistic healing can help make the holiday season stress-free. You can even give the gift of a therapeutic massage to a loved one with anxiety or depression.
The staff at Integrative Family Wellness offers a comfortable, safe session that will help relax your mind and body. Schedule your Suffolk County appointment today with Integrative Family Acupuncture & Massage Therapy in Smithtown HERE.