Treat Yourself, But Don't Forget to Treat Your Brain, Too.
While the songs say that that the holidays are the "happ-happiest season of all," your brain may disagree. According to neuroscientists, the holiday season comes with unseen stress (balancing family, friends, and work; meeting end-of-the-year deadlines; sleeping less than usual) that compromises our brain's ability to process as it normally does. Worse, this causes a downward spiral through the rest of the body, throwing hormones off balance and suppressing the immune system. However, there are steps you can take to turn the season into a happy one for your brain, too. Here some of the best four, science-backed things you can do for your brain during this time.