24 Dec Making the most out of the Christmas season
Christmas and Advent – many imagine a contemplative time. Bake cookies, decorate the apartment for Christmas, decorate the tree, get gifts and spend time with loved ones. However, the reality is usually different – there is a lot to do before Christmas. Therefore the pre-Christmas period is often associated with stress. To counteract this, you should consciously allow yourself to use the Christmas holidays for yourself. It doesn’t matter whether you relax, try something new or just do something that you love.
The short days and the lack of light affect many people’s mood. Fresh air and sport can help as a natural mood booster. During exercise, your body releases more of the hormones norepinephrine and serotonin (known as the happiness hormone). So get over your weaker self and do something good for your body and mind. Treat yourself to a sunny day of skiing and ‘shred’ down the slopes, get your energy up with a crisp running session or enjoy the fresh air and nature through a game of snow volleyball with the family.
After a busy day in the office or an eventful day outdoors, you should give your body the chance to wind down and relax. But before you lie down on the sofa and turn on the TV to be entertained, try a yoga session. The most popular video platform even has extra units for Christmas. So get on the mat, inhale and exhale deeply and forget about all the stress around you!
But if after all these well-intentioned tips you still feel like watching TV and doing nothing – go for it, you know best what is good for you!
We wish you a stress-free Advent and a Merry Christmas!