Tis the season for stress! Whether it's fighting the crowds at the mall, facing gatherings with not-so-friendly relatives, or managing busy schedules with too many get-togethers, some elements of the holiday season can bring undue amounts of stress into our lives. An article on Health.com has 25 suggestions to fight holiday stress, and with the help of standards, you can choose a few that will help you stay calm, slow down, and enjoy the season.
Along with Hanukkah, Christmas, and other wintertime holidays, the end of the year brings shorter days and less sunlight. It's important to seek out the sun during these abbreviated daylight hours, as sunlight stimulates production of serotonin and can help relieve stress and sadness caused by seasonal affective disorder (SAD). What's more,
Of course, heading outdoors for a brisk walk in the sun may not always be possible, whether due to physical limitations, work schedule, unpleasant weather, or other barriers. Your doctor may recommend that you pursue the benefits of sunlight through artificial means - specifically phototherapy, a medical treatment that involves exposure to full-spectrum light. IEC 60601-2-57 Ed. 1.0 b:2011, Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-57: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of non-laser light source equipment intended for therapeutic, diagnostic, monitoring and cosmetic/aesthetic use, offers basic safety and performance guidelines for devices used in phototherapy, which incorporate optical radiation to create non-visual photo-biological effects. These guidelines were developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC 76, Optical radiation safety and laser equipment. The U.S. holds the secretariat of this committee, and the United States National Committee (USNC) has delegated secretariat duties to William Ertle, president of Rockwell Laser Industries, Inc. Thomas Lieb of L.A.I International serves as chairman. The USNC-approved Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator for TC 76 is the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.
One surprising stress-reliever that may calm your holiday anxiety is the smell of citrus.
Want more relaxation tips? Check out another article published by The American Heart Association to see many more, from taking a break to pet the dog to numerous "stress-busting" activities. With the right tools to help you relieve stress (and the right standards to support these tools!), you can relax and focus on family, traditions, and the true spirit of the holiday season.