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Odyssea Wants You to Have a Stress Free Holiday

A look at the sunset in Ocean City from the beach

From now until the first of the year, our world will be filled with joyous occasions. We will see concerts, recitals, carolers, tree trimmings, shopping lines; pretty much our calendars will be spilling over. We know that these memorable times watching our kids don red hats or antlers and sing about Frosty are fleeting so we pack our days and shopping lists with as many moments that create jubilation as possible. Not to be the bearers of bad tidings, but this toll can cause what was intentioned to be a merry Christmas into a stressful Christmas season.

Self-care is a key part to making sure your holiday festivities stay festive. Set daily time aside to release some pressure from your day or days to come. Don’t end up personifying a kettle that bursts with a whistles of steam from its top. Find the best ways for you to decompress. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress. An article says, “The physical benefits of exercise—improving physical condition and fighting disease—have long been established, and physicians always encourage staying physically active. Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress.” Exercise doesn’t mean hitting the gym like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or swimming like Michael Phelps. If exercise or setting aside time for yourself is new, start small and work your way up. The Mayo Clinic recommends, “As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight, maintain weight loss or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more.” We know that setting 30 minutes for yourself could really break your day planner, but the same article had this to say too, “Even brief bouts of activity offer benefits. For instance, if you can’t fit in one 30-minute walk during the day, try a few five-minute walks instead. Any activity is better than none at all. What’s most important is making regular physical activity part of your lifestyle.” A jog or a walk may not be fitting your personality, an article in the Harvard Health has many examples of ways to exercise to reduce stress. It explains ways to relax your muscles, use breathing exercises, and meditate among other anti-stress remedies. Most importantly though is picking SOMETHING that you can feel peels the layers of stress that have been weighing you down away.

We recommend a hybrid or a pick and choose of the above with a special Ocean City “splash.”Did you know that scientists have been researching how the ocean effects mood, and data is showing it does improve mood and release stress? An article interviewed, Richard Shuster, PsyD, clinical psychologist. Shuster said, “The color blue has been found by an overwhelming amount of people to be associated with feelings of calm and peace. Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.” You can get some self-care by just taking a walk on the beach. See what we did there? Walk+Beach=Relax. But you decide what is best for you, maybe yoga and the beach, or jogging on the sand.

Whatever you decide we just ask that you choose you. Maybe none of this is for you, and the best way for you to relax is to go to the salon, or watch a football game, or meet some friends for a movie. Keep the best you going for your family and loved ones. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!