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Holiday Stress - Get a Massage.

The holidays are upon us again and although we all love this time of
year, sometimes the pressure we put ourselves under to have the
‘perfect’ celebrations can cause so much stress and anxiety that we
wonder if it’s all really worth it! 
It’s no surprise that according to the British Psychological
Association, women are most at risk from holiday stress.No matter
how equal the sexes claim to be, it’s still the case that women tend
to take charge of most of the organisation of holiday arrangements,
whether it’s planning, buying and preparing food, decorating the
home, buying the gifts or just organising who goes where. Women
also find it harder to relax once the holidays are here and often deal
with the build-up of stress (and any family tensions that happen over
the holiday periods) by over eating and other not so healthy coping
mechanisms. 
Holiday Pressures 

Although it’s true that most of us claim to look forward to the
celebrations at this time of year, we can also get stressed out about
them. Men and women both feel under pressure to make the
holidays ‘perfect’ for their families, which can lead to arguments and
stress. There’s pressure to attend work parties, see friends and not

Money worries add to the mix –celebrating isn’t

always cheap – and people also admit that they can’t always switch
off from the workplace when they are enjoying festivities, finding
themselves stressing about tasks they’ve left behind. 
Some of us are just working way too hard to enjoy the holidays –

31% of people admitted that they were stressed because they
couldn’t get enough time off from the day job to properly enjoy
themselves. So – with all this stress build up, you need an escape
valve! 
How to Beat Holiday Stress 
Don’t resort to comfort eating to relieve feelings of anxiety or stress.
It feels good at the time and it’s so hard to resist with all the
delicious food and invitations to parties that inevitably come up at
this time of year, but you’ll just feel sick and bloated if you overdo
the sweets or delicious party food. Eat whatever you like but try not
to eat when you’re feeling tense because being stressed actually
affects your digestion and can lead to you feeling even worse. Take
some time out for yourself if you feel the pressure of organising (and
paying for) everything start to creep up on you. Just because it’s
Christmas, it doesn’t mean you have to spend the
whole time dealing with the needs of the rest of your family, friends
or workplace.

You can’t give anything if your own well is empty treat yourself to a massage instead; not only will a good massage
make you feel relaxed and ready to face another round of gift
shopping, but it stimulates feel good hormones, boosts your
circulation and can even help boost your immune system which is an
absolute must if you’re going to be socialising with friends, family
and workmates more than usual. 
Doing something that’s just for you will help improve your mood so
that you won’t find it so irritating when people make holiday-related
demands on you at this time of year. You’ll feel much more able to
deal with fighting kids, annoying relatives and a partner who is too
busy watching TV to help you with the washing up if you’ve had your
fill of relaxing massage before the holiday season kicks off. It’s your
gift to yourself – and as they say in the commercials – you’re worth
it!