The holidays have been synonymous with stress for many men for years. The thought of having to deal with the in-laws can be daunting to some. Others simply do not like sharing their home and this can cause a rift in a family so most men concede. The easiest way to relieve this stress would be to open up some Christmas Scotch but obviously this isn’t the healthy way to deal with problems. There are healthy ways to relieve stress without going outside in the blistering cold for a run. The following are some ways that you can relieve stress this holiday season without destroying your body.
Hit The Gym and Set a Goal
January is going to bring every person who set a half-hearted resolution into the gym. The holidays can be a great time to get in some extra trips to the gym due to being off from work. Set a goal of how many times you want to hit the gym before the end of the year. This will help hold you accountable and can even get you out of time with your significant other’s family especially if they have been on you about going to the gym more. Set a weight loss goal as well but make sure that it is realistic as holiday meals and drinks can add up on the scale. The time at the gym can be used to escape from the holiday reality or even can help you get rid of the anger built up by constant pestering or questions from family.
Find a Groupon and Get a Massage
Going to get a massage is an expense that many men cannot justify. They might think that it is for those who also get manicures but anyone who has gotten a massage knows how truly great it is. To mitigate these costs you can go online to a site like Groupon and search for deals on a massage. This can be great for someone who does a physical job or even the man that sits behind his computer 8 hours a day. There are massage packages that you can ask for as a holiday present as well. Nothing can help break up a week like having massage scheduled as it is your time to escape reality.
Go To The Gun Range
First of all, men should attempt to learn how to shoot. While some think that it is simple, there are plenty of intricacies in order to shoot different weapons whether this differ by brand or caliber. There is nothing that can help melt stress away like concentrating all of your being on hitting a target 100 yards down the range. The gun range does not have to be expensive either as you can buy ammo online instead of at the range as it is marked up immensely. This can be a great way to bond with your father-in-law as the ear protectors you have to wear can thwart any serious conversation.
Invest in a Heavy Bag
A heavy bag or punching bag can pack is huge workout in only a little bit of time. This can also be a great way to relieve stress or anger after a long day at work or just as a great way to exercise. Keep this in a secluded part of the home while family is in town though. The guy who has to go hit the heavy bag once or twice a day doesn’t get a great reputation although they are constructively directing their stress and anger. Take a look at the various workouts and techniques that can be used to exercise with a punching bag.
The holidays are going to come with stress whether we are ready for it or not. Have some strategies of how to relieve this stress healthily and try some of the above activities. The year is almost over so make it the best last few weeks you can!