It’s almost that time of year again. The time where everyone seems to be merry and bright, but for some of us that may not be the case. The holiday season may be a time to be with family, enjoy great food, and relax, but it can also be a huge time of stress. This can come from heightened emotions and the overwhelming feelings of the pressure to be happy. According to the American Psychological Association (APA) nearly half of all women and men in the United States experienced feelings of heightened stress during the holiday season. Stress can put a person’s overall health at risk in a multitude of ways. It can also lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms. People tend to turn to alcohol, food, and even drugs as a way to cope with their stress. It’s important to take care of yourself at all times of the year, but especially in times of heightened stress. If you’re a business owner this can be especially stressful because you’re trying to help all of your employees cope with stress and not let your business suffer the consequences.
At Bounce Sporting Club, we know that the holidays bring a ton of stress to your life and that your corporate holiday party may be pushed to the backburner. With all the organizing and planning that goes into creating an event that people actually will enjoy, it can be easy for you to get lost in the mix up. Instead, let us give your company the party of their dreams. We’ll help you take care of everything. We have multiple rooms that are designed to fit a large range of numbers. We also have private rooms if your company is on the smaller size. Contact us today and get ahead of the game by scheduling your corporate party with us today! We want to help make this holiday season as stress free as possible, which is why we will also be going over some of our favorite was to de-stress this season.
Take A Break
This can be one of the most difficult things to do when you’re feeling stressed but it’s one of the most important things. A break doesn’t have to be much, but take what you need. If that’s an extra five minutes in the morning to get your favorite coffee or if it means taking a half day at work in order to prepare for you in-laws coming in, you should do it. Taking a break can also mean that you just close your eyes, and for five minutes you meditate, think of a happy memory, or picture yourself on your favorite beach. Quieting down your mind for even a few minutes can be a great way to restart and get things started off on the right foot. Studies have shown that just taking relaxation breaks of 1-5 minutes to calm yourself down can help whenever you’re feeling frustrated or anxious. It may seem small but take that time for yourself, whatever it is can wait.
Most of us are aware that physical activity is a great stress reliever. Not only does physical activity boost your fitness and energy levels, but it also boosts your mood. In addition, it’s a great way to reduce anger, tension, fatigue, and confusion. While you may have many demands on your plate that are time consuming, this is not the time to stop exercising. Give yourself that boost of endorphins that are your bodys “feel good” neurotransmitters.
Try To Eat Whole Foods
The holiday season is a time that tends to circulate around food. It seems like no matter where you turn, there’s sweet treats, savory dishes, and cream filled dips. Of course, allow yourself to have a bit here and there, but keep in mind that what you put into your body is going to reflect how you feel. While the immense amounts cookies may seem like a good idea at the time, chances are that you’re going to get that sugar high and then crash later and feel sluggish and tired. Instead of over indulging, choose to eat foods that whole and nutritional. You’ll find that you’ll be your most energetic and best self when you’re fueling your body with nutritional foods. Foods that are full of proteins and healthy fats are great ways to feel full for longer which will keep you from reaching into the snack drawer.
Utilize Portion Control
It’s completely normal and okay if you gain a few pounds during the holiday season, but instead of feeling guilty and setting your new year’s resolution to lose weight, manage your portions. It’s very easy to over eat and drink with all the delicious temptations that seem to be at every door. However, try to balance out your portions. Take a few bites of something but keep your portions of healthy food at higher levels.
Be aware of your liquid portions too. While you may not think that there’s anything caloric value to your drinks, that is not the case. Many times drinks are filled with sugar and carbohydrates that can easily rack up that calorie count. So just be mindful of what you’re consuming.
See The Positive
It’s easy to become annoyed and frustrated with everything going on around you, especially if it feels like no one else is working as hard as you or appreciating everything you’re doing. For example, when you tell your friend that you’re trying to eat healthy and they keep pushing you to try the new dessert they made. Or when your uncle keeps telling your to drink more at the family reunion. Instead of getting upset, try to put on rose colored glasses and see it from their perspective. Your friend is just excited about the new recipe they made and your uncle just wants to make sure that you’re having a good time. Try and be grateful for them, instead of letting your emotions get the best of you in the moment. Don’t dismiss your feelings but try and deal with them in different ways, if it continues, pulling them aside and gently explaining your point can do wonders.
Chances are that you’ve written a list out of all the things you need to get done this holiday season. There’s the gift giving, the parties, the family visiting, and all the regular things your have to get done. When you create your list and start checking things off, be realistic as to what you’re asking yourself to get done. Prioritize yourself. It’s not selfish if you give up 30 minutes to leave a party early and go hit a workout. By setting time aside for yourself, it will help break up all the hustle and bustle and it will make the holidays a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved. When you make your list of things you need to get done, create a list of things that you need to get done for yourself. This way you’ll be able to alternate between lists keeping yourself both productive and happy.
Give Yourself Something To Look Forward Too
You’re going to be consumed with all the running around, so give yourself something to look forward to! This can honestly be anything. It can be a great company event (wink wink), a massage, or even just your favorite Netflix show at the end of the day. When you have something to look forward to, it can put you in a healthier mindset and help you be more productive throughout the day!
Once again, we know that the holiday season can seem stressful. So let us take the stress off you and help you plan an incredible holiday party that your employees will actually want to go to. With gourmet food, handcrafted drinks, and a beautiful rooftop view, what more could you want? Connect with us today to learn more and book your event with us! We know its a bit early but you can never be too prepared right? With a Chicago location and a New York location, you couldn’t ask for a better place to host your next event.