For many of us, the holiday season can be very stressful. Stress diminishes productivity, motivation, and concentration. It contributes to illness, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes; and has a negative impact on the immune system. Cortisol (commonly referred to as the stress hormone) is a hormone released in the body during times of physical and psychological stress. Excess cortisol contributes to the conditions described above, as well as hard-to-banish belly fat.
Try the following strategies to reduce stress during the holidays and throughout the year:
- Eat healthy and don’t skip meals
- Exercise regularly
- Enjoy time away from normal routines by spending time with family and friends
- Breathe, relax, laugh, and have fun!
What do YOU do to keep your stress levels in check during the holiday season?