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For some, the invasion of holiday-themed tunes, store displays, and the anticipation of family time also coincides with an increase in stress and stress-related health issues. I know this firsthand from my clients, many of whom have difficulty coping and managing stress especially around the holidays.

However, it is possible to manage all this stress by making your brain health a priority. Outside stressors can lead to an imbalanced brain, which can make it harder to deal with additional stressors. Here are several tips and strategies for maintaining a balanced brain and managing stress this holiday season:

  • Breathe deeply. When we are stressed, we tend to hold or restrict our breath, limiting the brain’s supply of oxygen.
  • Spend time outdoors. As little as 20 minutes in nature can help reset your brain, especially from over exposure to screens.
  • Stay hydrated. Our brain cells depend on proper hydration to function at full efficiency.

The well-being of your brain is key to ensuring your holiday season is, in fact, the most wonderful time of the year rather than the most dreaded. Take care of your brain and you will be well positioned to handle any stress that comes your way so you’re able to fully enjoy your holiday season.

Virginia “Ginny” Pierce


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