Seven stress-busting strategies to try in December

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The winter months can bring about increased stress due to holidays, packed social schedules and reduced daylight hours. Try these six stress management techniques to help manage stress during the winter months:

Deep breath to calm your nervous system:

Inhale slowly through your nose, hold your breath for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat several times.

Mindfulness meditation to stay present and release anxiety:

Focus on your breath, or a specific object while letting go of intrusive thoughts.

Dedicate time to hobbies and interests:

Engage in activities you enjoy and are passionate about. Doing things you love can take your mind off stressors.

Progressive muscle relaxation:

Tense and then release each muscle group in your body starting from your toes and working your way up to your head. This helps to release muscle tension.

Journaling:

Write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal. This can help you gain clarity, process emotions, and reduce stress.

Listen to music:

Listen to calming music or sounds to help relax your mind.

Immerse yourself in nature and fresh air:

Spending time in nature and getting fresh air can have a calming and grounding effect on your mood.

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