Are you already feeling the stress of the upcoming season and struggling to find coping strategies? We can definitely relate at IHT. The most wonderful time of the year sure can be a lot of work to make it that way. We are always looking for fun new ways to relax and unwind to help us cope. We thought we would share our latest ideas for coping strategies with you as a sort of early holiday gift.
3 Coping Strategies for the Holiday Season
1. Deep breathing
This one is tried and true for most people, but remembering to do it can be a whole other ball game. We know we get caught up in the rush of it all and forget to slow down and just breathe. So, our experts have found it is much easier to remember to do your deep breathing exercises if you pair them with something else in your home as a sort of routine.
Our favorite practice is lighting a fire in our fireplace after our day is done. We finish dinner and the dishes, get everyone settled, and grab a cup of tea. Then we head to the fireplace and get a terrific fire going. You can read, chat with your partner, or maybe just enjoy the fire and the view. Following these steps triggers our brains to slow down, and we can remember to breathe.
Exercise is likely not some people’s first choice of coping strategies, but it is effective! Getting your body moving in any way you can for a little bit each day will help you to handle stress more effectively. We know even on days we have to make ourselves, we feel better after a good exercise session.
If exercise is challenging for you, you may need to get creative with how to do it. Using a swim spa will make things much easier if you have any mobility or pain issues you are dealing with. Heated water means that you can use it year-round. The warm water will also help to alleviate the pains you may be experiencing. There are so many health benefits to using a swim spa for exercise.
If you live in the Denver Metro area, IHT even has a beautiful selection of refurbished swim spas for you to view. There is a price point for everyone to get what they want and need.
Our final tip is to use hydrotherapy to your advantage. Hydrotherapy has many health advantages. Pain relief is the most notable, and hydrotherapy is used to help rehabilitate different injuries. In addition to these incredible benefits, it will help you destress. Soaking in a hot tub for just 15 minutes a day can significantly benefit your overall health and well-being.
Hope these Coping Strategies Help!
We hope your holiday season is as wonderful as you want it to be. If IHT can help you to put any of these coping strategies into practice, reach out and let us know how we can help. We are excited to hear from you. Happy Holidays!