Despite good intentions, the holidays ’tis the season to be stressed! All that rushing around, last minute shopping, those late night parties and unhealthy habits take their toll – especially on your cortisol levels (your stress hormone levels). Stress doesn’t just pack on the pounds, it also increases your appetite, drops your metabolism, increases cravings, lowers your libido, disrupts your sleeping patterns, and throws your hormones out of balance.
Reducing stress and maintaining a positive mental attitude through the holidays are important for both your health and your sanity. The solution to stress is multifaceted but here are my most recommended five healthy habits that you can use throughout the holidays to keep your cortisol under control: