The holiday season is the time of year filled with family, friends, and festivities. All this additional merriment can cause stress levels to rise. Roads are busier with shoppers, parking lots are full, schedules are packed with holiday events. How can we stay calm and relaxed during the holiday season?
Here are a few tips for battling holiday stress:
1) Before you head out in your car to run errands and fight the crowds, take 1 minute to breathe. Take 3 or 4 full inhales and exhales. This will help calm the mind and relax the body. I do this before I pull out of the driveway!
2) Create a playlist of relaxing music. Listen to it when you are in the car, on the subway, or at home trying to cook a meal for the entire family.
3) Take time for yourself. We often get busy rushing from one thing to the next during the holidays. Pencil in time to do something relaxing for yourself. Take a yoga class. Go on a walk with a friend. Get a massage. Whatever your holiday plans are, make sure you find a little time to relax, breathe, and do something for yourself. Wishing you a happy and stress-free holiday season!
AUTHOR: Cathy Terrazas