Christmas time is finally here, it is a time for family and friends who come near. It is the time for relaxing and enjoying activities with the loved ones around you. Let’s face it though Christmas is stressful. We are constantly worried about things going just the way we planned. We clean because Grandpa Joe will be stopping in and bringing all his belongings with him. Yeah, you won’t be getting rid of him for another week. We stress because everyone needs a gift, and we are now pulling money from our savings. We have all been there a time or two and if you have not well consider yourself one of the lucky few. I challenge you to take a moment for yourself and de-stress. Here are a few techniques to de-stress for the holidays.
Don’t overfill your calendar!
A lot of our stress is caused by doing too much. Take a moment to think of 3 things you absolutely enjoy doing for the holidays and say no to everything else. I know it seems easier said than done, especially if you have kids, but it really is easily achievable.
Curl up on the couch with a good book!
OK, I realize not everyone likes to read like I do, but focusing on a good book or one simple thing you love to do is like the ultimate form of relaxation. Focusing on one thing at a time is something we often forget to do and can’t really enjoy our time. It is a great way to de-stress and sitting relaxing on the couch reading a good book is like a spa day right? It’s ok if you don’t agree with me but finding your center is my point here.
Have a cup of Hot Chocolate!
This one isn’t for everyone, some people can’t even have chocolate. If you can though Chocolate is a good way to simply feel calm and feel good. It is a great way to relax.
Take a moment to hug someone!
Taking just a moment to hug someone you love or feel good about can have a healing effect on your body. Hugging someone for an extended period of time might be a bit uncomfortable to some but it releases lots of “happy endorphins in your brain and can leave you and the other person feeling so much better.
Just enjoy the music!
Put on your favorite tunes and listen to music while doing what you need to accomplish. Music has been proven to lower stress, blood pressure, and your heart rate. Kick your anxiety out the door with some good tunes. Who knows, maybe you will get some great memories out of it as well by singing and dancing your blues away with family?
Take a moment to be a kid again!
I know it sounds silly but taking a moment to build a snowman, make a snow angel, or safely roll down a hill can bring you laughter and lower your stress. When you exercise, your body produces yep you guessed it endorphins, those “feel good” chemicals in your brain.
Take just a moment to try one or all of these activities daily and lose the stress. If all else fails, remember that nothing will ever go just as you planned because that is not how life works. Breathe, take it one moment at a time, and tell yourself “it is what it is,” laugh at the silly things that life brings you and enjoy the time you have with the ones you hold most dear. Afterall, isn’t Christmas about love?