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How to battle stress during the holidays

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Sometimes the holidays can be stressful.

The American Health Association recommends fighting stress with healthy habits by doing the following:

  1. Slow down. Plan ahead to allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush. Use your calendar app to keep you on track.
  2. Snooze more. Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. Practice mindfulness and relaxation.
  3. Let worry go. The world won’t end if a few things fall off of your plate. Give yourself a break and just breathe. Write down things your grateful for and watch the worry slip away.
  4. Laugh it up. Laughter makes us feel good. Find the humor in ordinary circumstances. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud, even when you’re alone.
  5. Get connected. A daily dose of friendship is great medicine. Make time to call friends or family to catch up. Find new friends by joining a hobby group or local book club.
  6. Get organized. Use the “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks first and take on big projects one at a time, but accomplish them in small chunks.
  7. Volunteer your time. Give back to the community or help out a friend or neighbor. You can get so much out of giving!
  8. Be active every day. Exercise can relieve mental and physical tension. Find something you think is fun and stick with it, every day! Aim for 30 minutes of exercise for heart health!
  9. Give up bad habits. Did you know too much alcohol, tobacco and caffeine can raise blood pressure? Give up these unhealthy habits today for a healthier tomorrow!
  10. Lean into things you can change. Don’t stress about the things you can’t change. Instead, use that time to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or to love and help others.

Dr. John Bisognano, a national expert in hypertension, president of the American Society of Hypertension and spokesperson and volunteer for the American Heart Association joined us on Good Day Rochester to breakdown these tips. He also shared the new guidelines to help people prevent and treat high blood pressure sooner.

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