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Feeling Stress During the Holidays? Check out these 5 Simple Steps to De-Stress

Increased spending, last-minute gift purchases, hectic social calendars, frantic festivity organization, and elaborate meal preparations often lead to increased stress levels around the holidays. Many of us in recovery thrive on routines, and when those routines are interrupted, we may become more vulnerable to cravings and emotional instability.

Sometimes it seems no matter how hard we try, we can’t shake the chaos and just enjoy the holiday spirit. If you find yourself dealing with holiday stress, take a moment to check out these five simple steps to de-stress this holiday season.

  1. Stay Active – It isn’t always easy, but make it a priority to ensure you stick to your regular fitness routine. If that isn’t doable, make sure you find other ways to stay active and keep your body moving. Regular exercise offers numerous benefits to your recovery, both physically and mentally.
  2. Be Present – Christmas is about more than presents! Christmas is an incredible time to focus on presence. When things get hectic, take a moment to stop, breath, and notice the sensations in your body. Focus on your breathing, listen to the sounds, and notice the smells. Make sure you are in the moment as often as possible. Just be. This creates peaceful feelings and encourages relaxation.
  3. Find the Humor – Laughter is an incredibly effective way to reduce stress. Watch a funny movie, read an enjoyable book, and don’t take things too seriously. Enjoy each moment and let the laughter replace the stress.
  4. Surround Yourself with Nature – Reseach shows that being outside, even in colder temperatures, causes mood elevation. Even if only for a short time, make it a priority to get outside this holiday season.
  5. Lean on your Friends – When things get tough, remember your support system. Recovery isn’t always easy, and your close friends and your accountability partners are there to help you. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them.

If you or a loved one has made the incredible decision to get help with your addiction and start living the life of sobriety that you dream about, be proud of this moment in your life as it is easily one of the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime. When you’ve completed your primary treatment, the transition back to your home may seem impossible. Villa Tranquil is a luxury recovery facility that will give you the support you need through this transition. Please call 1-866-697-7573 to speak with an addiction expert today.