Although some level of stress is normal and can actually be helpful for us to push forward- how do we keep it from becoming too much?  This is an important question especially considering the added stress that often comes with the holidays. Now is a great time to reflect on what you’ve been doing and what you could do to help you manage/reduce your stress. At EPIC, we recommend getting at least 20 minutes of S.O.M.E. stress reduction every day.  

So, what is S.O.M.E.?  

Twenty or more minutes of any and all of the above combined and practiced daily, will serve you to lay down a foundation of stress-reduction that will lower the negative effects of stress on your body and help restore your overall function and health.  So with that in mind, what changes within our stress management routine do we need to consider as we get into the winter? 

As mentioned above, sunlight is a big one, along with movement.  A lot of us are used to going for a quick walk when it’s nice outside, but we are less inclined to do that when it is cold.  If this is the case for you, it may be helpful to consider some other types of movement/activities that you might enjoy inside and could help replace the time you would’ve spent outside. Of course, if you’re willing to bear the cold to go for a walk – go for it!  Otherwise, there are a lot of other ways we can be active in our homes.  Here are a few resources that may help you in finding what type of movement is right for you: 

As this year comes to a close, now is a great time to reflect on your stress management habits and work to prioritize YOU in this new year. You deserve time to relax and recenter!  Be honest with yourself about how you’re doing, decide what would be most beneficial for you to include in your personal stress management routine, and communicate with those close to you so they can help you feel good, too 🙂 

Natalie Smith

Health Coach

EPIC Functional Medicine

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