Stay happy, healthy and stress-free with these three simple healthy design tips to help you glide through the holidays stress free and keep you on track for a fun and festive holiday season.
3 Healthy Design Tips for Stress Free Holidays
Shine Bright This Holiday
Design your bedroom for a good night’s sleep. Don’t skimp on sleep. Let’s face it; if you’re not getting the right amount of sleep each night, it can wreak havoc on your health. The holidays are a stressful time of the year, so it’s important that you’re well rested with the right amount of sleep each night. Sleeping each night, between 7-8 hours, can mean the difference between being alert and on top of your game to being drowsy and unfocused. According to the CDC (reference to Institute of Medicine), “An estimated 50-70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders.” Sleep helps your brain work properly. If you’re not getting enough sleep you may have difficulty making decisions, trouble controlling your emotions and behavior, and problems coping with change and solving problems. Here’s my list of healthy design actions that may help you sleep.
• Design your bedroom so it’s your oasis. A place that is calming, relaxing and clutter free.
• Darken the room.
• Take out the technology. Put your devices in another room. This way you won’t be tempted to use them, and no TVs.
Design your days to put yourself first. Be empowered to say no. The holidays are a joyous time of the year, and spreading good cheer is part of the holiday spirit. But don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no to activates, invites, and other demands that may be too much to take on. Saying no can be difficult for some people. It’s so easy to say yes to things because you want to please everyone and you don’t want to disappoint your colleagues, family and friends. This can cause you stress. Research suggests that people have a difficult time saying no because they don’t want to appear selfish and disappoint others. You’re not being selfish by taking care of your needs. Know your limits and understand what works for you. Be mindful, what’s important to you at that moment. Your health comes first. Don’t be afraid to say no. Don’t get stressed out because you’re afraid to say no.
Stress is attributed to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer. Everyone feels stress from time to time and stress always isn’t bad. A little stress can be good, but when stress becomes chronic and your source of stress is constant, that’s when it can wreak havoc on your health.
Research suggests that people under chronic stress are prone to severe and more frequent viral infections such as the common cold or flu. If you’re feeling stressed out, give yourself a break. It’s a good idea to take 15 minutes (#Take15Mintutes) everyday to focus on you. Go for a walk, read a book or flip through your favorite magazine, mediate, or take a warm bath. If you’re feeling stressed out all the time, seek professional help from your doctor or other health care provider.
Design your living space so it’s clutter free. It’s not too late to decorate your home for the holidays. Decorating your home with seasonal holiday items can create a joyful and illuminating home, but if your living space is already cluttered, that can be a recipe for disaster. Before you even begin to adorn your home with holiday decorations, clear out the clutter. A constant cluttered, messy and unkempt living space can cause stress. Start clearing out the clutter in small steps; after all, small steps can have a big impact. Less is more. Nix the clutter and display a few favorite items that evoke joy.
With the holidays fast approaching, take time to design your healthy life to reflect a happy you. Glide through the holidays with ease.
Original article, 3 Ways to Glide Through The Holidays Stress Free by Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, is published in Latin Trends Magazine, Print Edition, December 2015
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Healthy Design Element: Harmony and Balance
Healthy Design Action: Design ways for stress free holidays. It’s the simple things in life that can bring great joy.
______ Sweet sleep
______ Be empowered to say no
______ Design a happy and healthy home. Keep your home clutter free
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