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3 Tips to Reduce Your Anxiety While Enjoying Family

By Virginia Laird

The holidays can be stressful enough without the added pressure of large family gatherings. For millions across the nation these can prove to be a struggle. Although you may love every single member of your family, there are going to be some who you simply do not know as well as others. Times like this can make these holiday gatherings a bit awkward, which can lead to stress for many. Rather than having this emotion control your holiday spirit, health and wellness experts have put together a list of tips to help you overcome and reduce such stress, including:

  • Make time to exercise
  • Plan some activities
  • Get out of the house

Make Time to Exercise

Health and wellness experts admit that when stress is too much to handle, exercise can be beneficial. Research suggests that a good workout can help release tension in the body. While spending time with family this holiday season, you may not be near your gym, but there are a variety of ways to work out without going to the gym. Many experts suggest that a quick jog or brisk walk through the neighborhood can be enough to help reduce stress. The next time you head to a family member's home for a few days, just make sure to pack some workout clothes. You can also do an internet search to see if there are gyms close by and if your membership will be honored there.

Plan Some Activities

For some, the thought of being locked in a house with a bunch of people for more than an hour can build anxiety. Rather than having this take over your life, some health and wellness experts suggest planning a few activities for your crowd. Several ideas include playing board games, taking the family to the park, finding a museum to visit, or giving a baking contest a try. Health and wellness experts advise that some focused activities can keep a rowdy crowd a little more calm, which can lead to less stress for everyone.   

Get Out of the House

If large crowds have you feeling anxious, getting outside can help calm your nerves. Research suggests that getting out of a crowded home for a few minutes can rejuvenate your mind and reduce stress. As you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed out with the loud crowd this holiday season, take a minute to sit on the porch, go shopping, or find another errand which may need to be done to give yourself a few minutes to reset and de-stress.

Now you have the advice you need to enjoy your holiday gathering with family without getting attacked by anxiety. Get out there and enjoy! Happy holidays!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Richmond, Va.

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