Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

by Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D. on December 8, 2016

snowmanLast month you read about the hazards of flying in terms of your vocal health.  But did you know that this time of year may actually be hazardous to your voice?

Chronic stress wears us all down during an ordinary month, but with the pressures of the holiday season upon us, stress can get out of control.  If it does, your health AND your voice can suffer.

During the holiday season you most likely will spend time shopping in stores or malls where those nasty bugs that make you sick are in abundance!  Mix that with the possibility of snow and frigid temperatures, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for getting sick.  The coughing and sore throat that follow can wreak havoc on your voice.  Why not try these stress busters to help balance the demands of this busy season so that you might avoid getting sick?  And you can start today!

10 Quick Stress Busters To Use Today

1. Stretch slowly several times during your day today. Click here for some easy stretches.

2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes today.  A brisk walk will do it.  Even 20 minutes of light exercise ups your energy for as long as 12 hours and boasts your immune system.

3. Eat 3 meals today or graze on 5 small meals.

4. Drink more water and less caffeine.

5. Avoid the urge to grab something sweet when you’re stressed.  Go for protein instead (e.g., nuts, lo-fat cheese, peanut butter). Click here to read about how protein helps.

6. Get up and take a break when you’re at your desk for more than an hour. Ck out Sitting is the New Smoking.

7. Close your eyes and take 3 slow abdominal breaths once or twice today.

8. Daydream for a few minutes about your last pleasant vacation.

9. Take a deep inhalation before you answer the phone.

10.Concentrate on breathing in and breathing out before you go to sleep tonight.

Want more tips on dealing with holiday stress?  Download a copy of my book, BROADCASTER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE, for only $4.99.

Happy Holidays!

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