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Ho-Ho-Hold the stress

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Make a list, check it twice

Get ahead of the holiday chaos by making lists of your priorities. Not only will this help you feel in control, it will help prevent last-minute scrambling so you can make the most of the holiday season.

Do less, enjoy more

Accept that there are only 24 hours in a day and practice smart time management. Learn to say no by declining some invitations or shorten the length of visits. Think quality, not quantity. Make sure to set aside some fun activities for the immediate family, too! Try ice-skating, a night of board games or your favourite holiday movie.

Keep Moving

 Don’t let your exercise routine take a back seat during the holidays. Exercise can help act as a stress-reliever and provide a distraction from your worries. Aim for 30 to 45 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week.

Get enough sleep

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: sleep is vital to your health and well-being. This holds true especially during times of heightened stress. Aim for 8 hours of restful sleep each night. You can ensure a deep stage 4 sleep by supplementing with melatonin.

Take a breather

Take a five-minute break from whatever is stressing you out and focus on something else. Using this time to focus on your breathing will give you clarity and leave you feeling more relaxed so you can return to your busy schedule.

Put yourself on your priority list

Set aside some “me” time to do something that you love. Enjoy your favourite hobby, take a bath or go for a walk. Use this time to take care of yourself in whichever way you choose. Giving your mind and body a break from the stresses will give you a chance to relax and recharge.

Take your supplements

Many Canadians deal with stress on a daily basis. The holiday season usually increases our stress levels. Jamieson’s Stress Support Day formula delivers rich and potent herbs such as lemon balm and amino acids GABA and L-theanine, which work as traditional natural remedies to help reduce the symptoms of stress and promote relaxation. Also, try Jamieson’s Stress Support Night to promote a better quality, longer lasting sleep.

Stay in control of your eating

Maintaining a proper diet can go a long way in helping to calm our stress levels. Some foods boost serotonin, our calming brain chemical, while others can help reduce cortisol and adrenaline, our stress hormones. Here are 6 tips to help you make healthy eating choices during the holidays. Here you will find 5 healthy holiday food swaps to keep you on track.