2017’s holiday season will be a challenge this year. Mercury went Retrograde on Dec. 3, & will last until Dec. 22! It’s bad enough we set ourselves up for intensity every season, this year may take it up a notch…So BE prepared!
As with every holiday season, the pace of life speeds up & we expect so much from ourselves & others. Our feelings & emotions can quickly get out of control & lead to some pretty serious stress.
I believe that our attitudes make a huge difference in how each day unfolds before us. This means that setting the intention for a smooth holiday season will be your first step in realizing a smooth holiday season!
Avoid the unnecessary & unexpected stress that comes with each holiday season, & step into the TRUE feelings that the holiday’s are really about.
Here are some simple ideas & habits that will help manage our stress so that we can take care of ourselves during the upcoming holidays & into 2018.
Try some amazing essential oils that will keep you calm. You can add them to your body lotion, bath, shampoo, make a sugar scrub or even rub the oil between your hands & take a whiff!
Some oils great for helping keep calm & anxiety are:
- Wild Orange
- Ylang Ylang
Perfectionist- I think it’s normal to want to create a perfect memory making holiday. However, things sometimes don’t work out as we planned.
These oils are great for promoting letting go, enjoying the present moment, reducing perfectionism, etc.
2. Lay In Bed for 5 Minutes & Express Gratitude
I love this one… As soon as I wake up, I don’t jump straight out of bed. Instead, I allow myself to savor the realization that I’ve awoken to a new day, with new opportunities & a fresh new start. For the first 5 minutes of my day, I indulge in gratitude for all that I have, remembering how fortunate I am & thanking the universe for blessing me with so much. Gratitude improves our health, relationships, emotions, personality, & career! So give thanks for all that you have.
3. Take a Short Nature Walk
One of my favorite things to do is to connect with nature. Stepping outside into the fresh air walking for 5-15 minutes can shift your energy completely. It can help you reconnect, rejuvenate & recenter yourself. Walking, in a purposeful & conscious way has the most magical of all benefits. It connects you to a higher spiritual place, a source of unlimited possibilities.
4. Just BE
Easier said than done, it’s not always easy to stop what we’re doing & be where we are… until we practice it. Life unfolds in the present moment, that’s all we ever really have, this moment. So often, we let the present slip away, allowing time to rush past unobserved & unseized precious seconds of our lives. Worrying about the future & contemplate about what’s past, keeps us in the loop of yesterday & tomorrow while we’re missing out on the present moment. If we can set aside five minutes a day to sit quietly, close our eyes, & just breathe, it immediately resets our system & reconnects us with our highest & truest self again.
5. Take an Epsom Salt Bath
Taking a hot bath with Epsom salt is a quick & effective way to let your worries go. Epsom salt increases the water’s specific gravity, making you feel more light-weight & buoyant while helping your muscles relax. Most of us are deficient in magnesium, a mineral that is reduced with stress, Epsom salt which is high in magnesium, is one of the easiest ways to get a boost. Your body also absorbs the salts, which helps replenish magnesium. Magnesium can help decrease irritability since it reduces the effect of adrenaline on the body.
*If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, please check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.
6. Dance Like No One Is Watching
Any type of physical activity releases the neurotransmitter, endorphins, which serve to alleviate stress. Neurotransmitters are chemicals within the brain that help communicate messages throughout the body. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkiller to reduce stress & improve the mind’s perception of the world. Dance is an outlet for emotional expression, stress reduction & creativity. So put on your favorite song & dance it out.
7. When In Doubt, Eat a Piece of Dark Chocolate
This is my answer to life’s most challenging issues. I am just a chocoholic & I’m proud of it! Dark chocolate is a tasty treat that’s loaded with nutrients with stress relieving properties, helping to lower stress hormones. You’ll want at least 70% cocoa content to get the most health benefits out of it. There’s now evidence that eating dark chocolate every day can reduce stress (like I needed the study!). The study found that people who rated themselves highly stressed to begin with had lower levels of stress hormones after eating chocolate every day for two weeks!
8. Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!
A good belly laugh doesn’t just lighten the load mentally. It lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, & boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood. Lighten up by tuning in to your favorite sitcom or video, reading the comics, or chatting with someone who makes you laugh. BOTTOM LINE: Find the humor in everyday life, spend time with funny friends or watch a comedy show to help relieve stress.
When we practice rituals like these, we realize that the simplest, smallest actions make a profound difference in our lives. What we do for 5 minutes can affect how we carry on for the remaining 23 hours & 55 minutes of our day.
What are your favorite tips for reducing stress? Let me know in the comments.
Till next time…