As we are prone to say; awareness is everything. Knowing and recognizing how stress affects you, in the moment, will allow you to address it and move forward. Learning what stress relief tools work for you is key to conserving your much needed energy.  Deal with the signs as they come, and you will not only improve your health but you will be able to give the most important present to your friends and family-your presence.

Some of the signs that you may be affected by holiday/seasonal stress are:

  • Headaches
  • anxiety
  • overeating/undereating
  • muscle pain or tension
  • angry outburst, fatigue
  • drug or alcohol misuse
  • difficulty concentrating
  • irritability
  • sadness/depression
  • anxiety
  • exercising less often
  • difficulty sleeping
  • stomach/gut discomfort
  • chest pain (to name a few)

Awareness is important because you can’t remedy the situation otherwise. Be sure to check in on yourself this holiday season and take some deep breaths. Practice being Present. Enjoy!