Holidays are supposed to be fun and relaxing, yet somehow we all seem to run around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get everything ready, make sure plans are in place, organize parties and get-togethers and get all of our ducks in a row (or turkeys as the case may be).
This can leave us with elevated stress levels, unable to fully enjoy the fruits of our labor and just simply “be” during the festivities.
Here are a few ideas that can help get you through
- Stop and breathe. This is so simple it sounds silly, but the fact is when you rush around and have elevated anxiety levels you aren’t breathing deeply. Take a minute, sit down, breathe into the count of 4 and out to the count of 4 through your nose. Close your eyes and repeat 4 times.
- Make a list. The act of making a list gets your mind organized and ready to complete tasks. As you finish off a task make sure to mark it off your list. The more you get crossed off the better you will feel. And on that last mark off, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.This will also help eliminate the feeling that you are forgetting something, which can be alarming in and of itself.
- Get your self in an attitude of gratitude – It’s easy to get annoyed at traffic, holiday shoppers or clients you are dealing with. Step back and make a list of things you are thankful for in your life – Your loved ones, your family, your home, anything that brings joy. The more you focus on the positive, the more positive tends to come your way.
- Give – of your time, of yourself and if you have it be generous with friends, family or donations. Giving is energy exchange. It makes you feel good and it helps others.
- Never overextend yourself – It is ok to say “No”. This is the #1 reason people are stressed during holidays. They feel they have to attend every party they are invited to. This simply isn’t the case. If you want to go, fantastic. If you don’t? Why are you? It is ok to say no, just be gracious about it.
- Treat yourself – Get a massage or a chiropractic adjustment. Both boost mood, health, and overall wellness.
Holidays are about showing your love for others, but it is also about showing love for yourself. Take the time you need – Stress is bad for your health both emotionally and physically.
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