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Spending Time With Relatives Can Be Stressful

By Virginia Laird

As the holiday season gets under way, many may begin to feel anxiety and stress over spending much time in large family gatherings. While this struggle may be overwhelming enough to have you considering skipping out on your family festivities, there is no need to stay home. Health and wellness experts advise that there are many things you can do to help ease the tension and stress caused during the holidays, including:

  • Plan a trip to the museum
  • Get outside and move
  • Board Games can be fun

Plan a Trip to the Museum

For those who may find themselves in the position of staying in a packed house for what may seem like days on end, tensions among a variety of children and adults can prove to be too much. Rather than allowing this to have you feeling like you wish you had not come at all, it can be wise to find a local museum to visit. This can be fun for the entire family. Health and wellness experts suggest that getting out of the house for an hour or two can prove to be enough to reduce stress allowing for a more pleasant visit.

Get Outside and Move

Another great idea offered by health and wellness professionals is to get outside and move. For some, this may be a family football game, while others may enjoy a walk to the local park. What activity the family participates in simply does not matter as long as everyone takes a minute to get out of the house. Health and wellness professionals suggest that getting fresh air offers many benefits to all who indulge, including a boost in the immune system and lowering anxiety levels. Start brainstorming today what activities may be great for your family during the holidays.

Board Games Can Be Fun

Those who prefer to stay indoors may choose to be involved in board games with everyone. Research suggests that in large family gatherings it can be the noise level which causes a great deal of stress. For this reason health and wellness experts advise that playing board games that everyone can participate in can be fun for all. Some admit that playing a board game can help manage the volume of the crowd.

As you prepare to head to your family holiday gathering, take a minute to make sure you are armed with board games and a plan to help reduce your anxiety and enjoy your visit.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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