The holiday season is a time for giving thanks and spending time with friends and loved ones, but it’s easy to forget the joys of the season as it draws ever nearer.
What causes all this holiday stress?
The clock starts ticking as we pass Thanksgiving. The hustle and bustle of the season sets in as we rush to find those perfect gifts and travel to visit with family. Grumpy shoppers push their way to the best deal. Traffic – especially in bad weather – can be a nightmare.
Staying calm through all the noise can be tough. So, how can you beat holiday stress? Stay relaxed and centered with these five tips to enjoying a stress free holiday season.
It’s easy to feel sour after spending four hours in a long line on a freezing Black Friday morning just to find out that the item sold out after you finally got into the store.
What can you do about it? Laugh! Joy and giving thanks are the true hallmarks of the holidays. Great deals and perfect presents are just a bonus.
Laughter is the best medicine, after all. Laughing helps relax the muscles and increases circulation – both of which reduce stress.
Set an Intention for a Stress Free Holiday
When you set an intention, you make a deal with yourself that you won’t let the craziness of the season get to you.
Setting intentions – and sticking to them – can help pull you out of the stressful moment quickly and remind you of the reason for the season.
Take a Bath
Remembering to take care of yourself is one of the best ways to guarantee a stress-free season. Thinking of others may be the focus of the festivities, but forgetting to take care of yourself can leave you drained.
Make some uninterrupted time to draw a nice, hot bath for yourself. Request some alone time from loved ones and let your holiday stress go.
As a bonus, adding Epsom salt or your favorite essential oil to your bath can create a relaxing atmosphere for you to relax and recharge.
Take a Deep Breath
When you feel stress building, one of the best ways to come back to reality is to take a deep breath. Slow, deep, rhythmic breathing can help center and ground you.
When you get cut off in holiday traffic, or when your mother-in-law changes the holiday mealtime again, remember to take a deep breath.
Adding a laugh after the breath can double the stress-relieving effects!
Give A Gift to Someone in Need
Stop for a moment to remember there are so many around you who may be less fortunate than you are – and do something about it! Giving without any thought of getting something in return is very rewarding.
Donate a gift to a charity for children. Buy a cup of coffee and a pair of warm socks for someone who sleeps outside. The simple act of spreading love to others is one of the best ways to make you feel good.
Using these simple tools will help keep you relaxed and calm this season. Lead by example and inspire others to share in your stress free holiday cheer!