Stressed Out and the Holidays Aren’t Even Here Yet?

by Amanda L. D’Agosto, Owner, A Valley of Vitality Wellness Studio

Holidays are a time for coming together with family and loved ones to celebrate seasonal festivities. And yet, the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year for many people. Pressure to spend money, time and energy on things society deems important can leave you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and fearful of what may happen if you don’t keep up with the expectations put upon us.

The holidays inevitably bring a special kind of stress. What comes up for you during the holidays? Joy? Sadness? Depression? Loneliness? The loss of a loved one? Experiencing a multitude of emotions can really take its toll. Then, on top of that, it’s time to start your holiday shopping with the hope you’ll get everyone on your list a little something they’ll love. 

Feeling pressured and overwhelmed can ruin the holidays. Life is hectic enough with the everyday stress of working long hours, fighting traffic, caring for aging parents and paying the bills. The holidays arrive with the added pressure of holiday travel, office parties, children’s wish lists and frenzied holiday last-minute shopping.

Why not make an extra effort to take care of you? Give yourself the freedom to connect and unwind with a therapeutic massage. Many people think of massages as merely luxuries, indulgences someone gives you as a gift. Nevertheless, a regular massage throughout the year will lessen the risk of getting sick, which reduces medical costs and lost time at work. It’s clear that massages are a great way to relieve the crazy amounts of stress we face during the holiday season and keep you healthier all year long.

Managing stress can be key to maintaining your overall health, especially during the chaotic holiday season. Studies show stress can also break down your immune system, making you more susceptible to the common cold or flu. 

Planning to break out the holiday décor, potentially resulting in strains, sprains and muscle pains? It’s important to stay active and not become lethargic as the cool weather approaches. Diet and exercise along with massages are key to being healthy and a great way to self-care. All the to-dos of the season are easier to accomplish when you have taken care of your own needs first.   

Getting a massage is a great way to feel rejuvenated. Try a massage to help make this holiday season less stressful and put yourself first for a change.

But don’t stop there. As the holidays approach, stuffing those stockings with massage gift certificates will be a very welcoming and healthy gift.

At A Valley of Vitality Wellness Studio we

offer customized massages from any of our highly skilled licensed massage therapists. No matter what your issue, a good therapist will ask questions first and then suggest a massage treatment that’s good for what ails you.

The good news is, you don’t have to let stress ruin your holidays!

Visit or call 928-442-6026 to schedule an appointment or for more information. Try our convenient online scheduler for your next massage appointment.

Massage therapy on a regular basis brings these benefits:

  • feeling, performing better
  • increases circulation
  • enhances immune system
  • promotes nervous-system functioning
  • reduces blood pressure
  • relieves pain, muscle tension
  • improves mood
  • improves intellectual reasoning
  • improves job performance
  • Promotes positive effects on conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes, migraine headaches and sciatica nerve pain.
  • natural, drug-free alternative for easing aches and pains.