Stress Relief Shortcuts: Surviving the Holidays ☃

‘Tis the best time of the year! Time for family gatherings, delicious home cooked food, old family traditions and Christmas cheer. Unfortunately for some of us, all of this can leave us a bit frazzled. Gifts need to be bought, wrapped, and delivered. Decorations need to be bought or unpacked, and hung. Lights are tangled and half of them somehow burnt out while they were packed away. Trying to get the whole family in one place seems impossible, and throw in some extensive driving in endless traffic and you’ve got yourself a holly jolly Christmas with all the fixin’s. What absolute chaos Christmas can be… here’s a few tips to help you make it through the holidays with most of your sanity.

1.) Take a few deep breaths. Tune everything out and focus all of your attention on the cool air as you inhale and the warm air as you exhale. Breath in… breath out… repeat this as many times as necessary.

2.) Get plenty of rest. Easier said than done, believe me, I know. A good nights sleep will leave you recharged and ready to face the day. You will be more inviting to challenges, and more tolerant of whatever difficulties the day may throw at you.

3.) Dont skip out on “me” time. Just do it. This time of year is busy, but giving up simple pleasures will only make it miserable. *Note: Sunlight and exercise provide an added bonus.

4.) Write stuff down. When we have so many things to do and no time to do them, things get forgotten. Jot down reminders, lists, etc. to organize your thoughts and help you be more effective, and less forgetful.

5.) Try a natural remedy. Chamomile and lavender are known to have calming effects. Don’t be afraid to try essential oils or treat yourself to some tea. You’ll be glad you did.

6.) Keep a balanced diet. A lot of us ignore our digestive health, but it plays a major role in our general well-being.

Increase your intake of:  Fresh fruits & veggies, Omega-3s , water, and foods high in magnesium and tryptophan.

Decrease your intake of: Processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, and items high in sugar.

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