This is the time of year for family, eating, shopping, and playing! We all know that sometimes with that, comes stress! In case you didn’t know – stress can actually cause lack of sleep, wrinkles, bags under your eyes, and so much more! Which is why I figured it’s the perfect time to talk about ways to beat this holiday stress!
1. Acknowledge Your Feelings
This is super important, and it’s often a step that most of us forget day to day. The minute you feel your emotions getting ahead of you, acknowledge them! You need to determine whether you’re feeling angry, jealous, overwhelmed, etc. Once you’ve got this done, you can better assess the situation and figure out what it is that you need to do to make it all better!
This is also an equally important step. Take a couple of minutes to regulate your breath. Slowing your breathing will naturally slow your heart rate. This seems so simple yet it can do so much to calm you down. Close your eyes and take long deep breaths – in through the nose, out through your mouth.
3. Focus on Others
It’s in our human nature to feed off of other people’s emotions. When others see you stressed, especially children, they begin to be stressed as well. At this point, focus on the people around you and try to keep yourself calm. There is nothing worse than causing mass hysteria over burnt stuffing! Understand that it’s not the end of the world and remember, never let ‘em see ya sweat!
4. Be Thankful
Remember the things that you’re thankful for! Especially around this time of the year, there is so much to appreciate! There are people all over the world, even in our own country, who had much less than we do. This tip can be extremely helpful. I, personally, keep a notepad in my purse that I use for various reasons but sometimes when I’m stressed I just take a minute to write down a couple of things that I’m thankful for. This is something I do all year round because I think it’s really important to be aware of all the amazing things going on in life.
Of course, I saved the best for last – enjoy yourself! I know that this time of the year it can be hard to lose sight of what is really important. The world these days put so much emphasis on shopping and other material things, but that’s not what matters most! It’s who is around your table who is important! When all is said and done, at the end of the day, go home and light yourself a fire or some candles, pour a glass of wine, kick back and relax.