How to destress during the holidays
Dr, Rachel Goldman, PhD
It’s that time of year! Like many, you may need extra support to get through the holiday season, which is why we asked our partner Dr. Rachel Goldman, PhD FTOS for her tips on how to destress during the holidays. Dr. Rachel is a licensed psychologist who offers stress reduction therapy and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine.
“The holidays can be a stressful time for many – whether it’s more in-person gatherings, financial constraints or navigating not having loved ones around,” says Dr. Rachel. “This is the time of year to especially remember that small wellness habits can have a huge impact on your mind, body and overall well-being.”
Dr. Rachel’s tips include:
- Take a moment to breathe. Slowing down for just 3-5 minutes each day can have a tremendous impact on your wellbeing. Try these tips on how to practice breathing.
- Create time for yourself. Make sure you prioritize *you* and your mental health. This could be as simple as taking 2 extra minutes in the shower or taking a few extra moments to be still between activities.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The holidays can be a time when you want to show up for everyone around you, but remember that others can support you too! If you need something, call or talk to a trusted support partner. Whatever it is you’re feeling, know that you’re not alone.
- Say no. Don’t feel obligated to reply “yes” to every event or invite. Think about what you want to do and what makes you feel good – it’s okay to say no, as it’s saying yes to you!
You can also consider Rae’s DeStress and/or Multivitamin supplements to further support your mood and energy levels this time of year. Let us know how you’re handling stress this season (we’d love to hear what’s worked for you) and know that we’re here for you. Keep shining !