No more holiday stress!

by admin on December 1, 2013

The holidays are here! Some of us dread it and some of us love it, all at the same time. It can certainly be a very stressful time due to financial worries, a chaotic schedule and expectations. What’s nice about it is that everyone is more connected during this time of year. We are focused more on spending time with friends and family. Everyone is out doing their holiday shopping and the magic of the season is in the air. Here are some tips to help you focus a bit more on the positive and let the rest of it go so you can enjoy the entire holiday season.

  1. Keep it simple.  Focus on what the season is really about. Don’t allow yourself to worry about the expectations of others.
  2. Enjoy the moments.  Take time to breathe and be present in the moment. Escape the whirlwind and appreciate the buzz of energy surrounding you.
  3. Create meaningful traditions.  This can be something as simple as each person saying one thing they’re thankful for before a holiday meal. It’s amazing the amount of  joy that can come from just one thought.
  4. Gratitude.  Keep a gratitude journal, post it note, wall, jar, or whatever pleases you. Write down at least one thing everyday that you are thankful for. Encourage others to do it too.
  5. Stay healthy.  Don’t give up your usual workout routine or healthy eating habits. We all like to indulge but just remember, everything in moderation. Staying on track will keep you feeling your best.
  6. Take time for yourself.  Take time for yourself when you need it. All the socializing and running around can wear you down rather quickly. Savor the quiet evenings at home when you have the opportunity, take time to get a massage, get up a few minutes earlier to sit and enjoy your morning coffee.
  7. Pay it forward.  One of the most rewarding things about the holidays is giving to others. Extend your generosity to a neighbor or stranger behind you in line at the grocery store. A random act of kindness resonates profoundly.

How do you reduce stress during the season?

Relax and enjoy the holidays!

 

Have a happy, healthy, balanced day!

Sheree Bagensie, Licensed Massage Therapist

Healthy Habits Massage Therapy

772-336-3266

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