How Holiday Season Stress Can Affect Your Health

What Causes Holiday Stress?

It’s no secret that the holiday season can be the most wonderful (and stressful time) of year. With the pressures of holiday shopping, baking, and hosting parties, it can be overwhelming for most — and when we are burning the candle at both ends, it becomes a risk to our health. Here’s how holiday stress can have a negative impact on your health and how to keep it at bay.

Ways Holiday Stress Impacts Your Health

There are many ways stress can impact your health, and during all the holiday festivities, stress levels can rise. Learning how tocope and lower your stress levels can help you avoid the following health problems:

  • Many types of cancer
  • Headaches/ migraines
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Premature aging

Stress can also trigger overeating. Read on to learn more about how to reduce your stress levels to ensure you make better, healthier food choices this holiday season.

How to Reduce Stress

There are several ways to reduce stress levels this holiday season. Here are some tips:

  • Participate in your favorite hobbies
  • Exercise
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Take a bath
  • Listen to calming music
  • Learn new meditation techniques
  • Spend time with your pet

Contact Parrish Healthcare

When it comes to your health, keeping stress levels low cannot only help you avoid ailments such as cancer and heart disease but help you feel better physically and mentally too. If you need help with your health goals, we’ve got you covered! At Parrish Healthcare, we offer many programs through our Parrish Health and Fitness Center. From fitness classes to nutritional counseling, contact us today at 321-567-2201 to find out how to get started.

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