Wow. It is hard to believe the holidays are upon us once again! It is supposed to be the “happiest time of the year”, but none of us will deny that it can also be a stressful time of the year. We feel pressure for it to be “perfect”. We seek the “perfect gift”, the “perfect meal”, the “perfect house”, and the “perfect family time”. But seeking perfection is stressful and, let’s face it, pretty darn impossible. This year, relax, try to lower your stress levels, and give your brain a break by taking steps to just remember what it’s all about. Enjoy the time with friends and family. Be thankful for your health. Enjoy making memories with those you love. Focus on positive emotions and building memories this holiday season.
Easy said, but how exactly do you do this?
We recommend getting in a little movement and activity instead of just sitting around on the couch (ok, we love that too and won’t deny you some quality couch time!) Start a dance party, play a game of frisbee or football outside, build a snowman with the kids, break out the Wii, or take a brisk walk with your family.
In addition to just plain feeling good after being surrounded by all that food, did you know that movement can release higher levels of good chemicals in your brain such as dopamine? You’ll activate feelings of pleasure in the brain. Goodbye holiday stress and anxiety! Dopamine can also help boost your memory (and hey, you’re working to turn this into a holiday you’ll WANT to remember!) You’ll also have increased focus and attention (for better quality time with loved ones), and in general you’ll just be giving yourself an all-around brain boost!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Fit Brains! We wish you health and happiness during this holiday season.
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