Christmas Stress? Sport Helps!

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Buying presents, baking biscuits, preparing the family party and on top of that dealing with problems both at work and at home – it’s no wonder that people are stressed out! Especially the hectic time before Christmas Eve can be a vast strain for body and soul: We feel tired and drained. Once December 25th arrives, the stress doesn’t become less; and blood pressure goes up even during Christmas holidays. But with good organisation and regular exercise, this can be prevented.

Organised and active

If you feel like losing track of all the things that need to be done before Christmas, you should write a to-do list. And you’ll feel better with every task you can cross off the list. Additionally, it helps to prepare a rough time schedule, in which you record when you want to do which task, as well as when you have time to relax. For the sake of your health, you have to take this time. That also includes physical exercise as compensation for the hectic daily life. For that purpose, endurance sports, such as jogging and Nordic walking, or even just a relaxing winter walk, are perfect to be able to cope better with stress. Integrating continuous activity into daily life is not only good for personal health; it also contributes to the reduction of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol. Moreover, the body releases endorphins during physical exercise. These “happy hormones“ increase personal well-being and provide mental relaxation. Thus, stressed people are calmer, more relaxed and have more energy for completing Christmas tasks.

Sport against high blood pressure

Besides the psychological exertions of stress, there are also significant bodily consequences, such as high blood pressure. Sport has a “healing” effect in that matter, too. Whether jogging or walking – regular physical exercise helps to bring blood pressure down. As a result, active people are able to react more calmly in stressful situations.

Despite the fact that high blood pressure is a widespread affliction among people, few are actually aware of the condition of their individual blood pressure. In order to measure the numbers, it’s not necessary to consult a doctor. With innovative blood pressure products, everybody can easily control their blood pressure at home on a regular basis. An important help, also during the stressful Christmas period.

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