This can be a busy and stressful time of year for many, regardless of whatever holiday traditions you partake in. Holiday preparations, work deadlines, social commitments, family expectations…we could use more hours in the day! There is no magic answer to the time crunch and higher stress levels. It is a fine balance between your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). Increased SNS firing is a state of fight or flight. Short term adrenaline rushes are fine, however days of rushing around can result in muscle tension, headaches, sleep disturbances, digestive woes and overall exhaustion. In contrast, our PNS correlates to a state of rest and digest. This is the time when our body and mind rejuvenates. Massage therapy is an effective way to tap into your PNS recovery time, reducing the overstimulation that goes with fight or flight mode. Realistically a massage a day is not possible, however scheduling in a few minutes to focus on slowing down and breathing fully can be quite beneficial. Self care and maintaining a healthy routine throughout the holiday season is a great way to finish off the year!