Dr. Kristi on Fox News - 6 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

While many people look forward to the holiday season and new year, others glare at their jam-packed calendars and overflowing to-do lists with dread. Plus, winter brings with it compromised immune systems and cold and flu season.

That's why Dr. Kristi returned to Fox 11 studios this week to share with viewers her tips for identifying and managing holiday stress.  Included are ways to steal a moment of meditation, how to eat for optimal health and more. 

Exercise

  • Exercise can change our output of cortisol

  • Mild to moderate exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days per week

  • Yoga, Pilates, stretching and walking strengthen without overexerting the nervous system

  • Intense exercise is not recommended during times of stress

Breathe

  • Breathing exercises can have a positive effect on lowering cortisol production

    • Cycle of 4 breathing

      • Inhale for 4 counts

      • Hold breath for 4 counts

      • Exhale 4 counts

      • 4 cycles, 4 times per day

Sleep

  • Get 8-9 hours of sleep per night (especially during times when we have more demands)

  • Schedules with 8 or more hours of sleep are able to regulate cortisol levels

  • Create a sleep ritual 30 minutes before bed

Stay consistent!

  • Mild-moderate exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days per week

  • Do not abandon healthy eating habits

  • Maintain regular meal patterns as well as a whole food-based diet

  • Make sure to eat foods high in omega 3 fatty acid