As I’m preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday this week it dawned on me just how close we are to wishing 2015 farewell and making room for 2016. I know for many the holidays can be a time of stress or situations that take away from having that peaceful holiday experience.
The good news is we don’t have to succumb to all the madness. Here are a few tips that we can all use to remove the stress and infuse the peace so that this holiday season is a happy one!
Choice creates less stress
Even during the most difficult or stress-filled times if we can remember that we always have a choice as to what to do, what to say, how to respond, etc. it makes a huge difference in our stress levels. Two questions that I like to ask myself to engage my power to choose are…
“What do I choose?”
“How do I wish to respond?”
Boundaries offer breathing space
Boundaries often get a bad rap, but I’m here to tell you, they’re a beautiful thing. I use them quite a bit when I’m in need of protecting my time and energy.
When setting boundaries it’s important to get really clear on what you will accept and what you won’t. The key to effective boundary setting is not just in the clarity, but in the consistency of upholding a boundary.
This is the time when I remind myself too that “no” is a complete sentence and that less is often more. ;)
Ten minutes of self-care goes a long way
I’m such a stickler when it comes to my self-care especially during the holidays. It’s not uncommon for me to take a 10-minute time out to go and breathe, take a walk, or just stretch. It may not seem like a lot of time, but taking 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
Deep oxytocin breaths do a body and mind good
About a week ago I learned a new breathing technique that not only alleviates stress, but it increases the flow of positive energy!! The breathing technique is called oxytocin breathing because it triggers the release of the chemical oxytocin in your brain with each breath. To find out more about oxytocin breathing and how to do it, here is a helpful YouTube video:
“Help!” is a wonderful word
As someone who used to believe she was superwoman and could do it all (who was I kidding?!), I’ve come to love the word “help”. I use it as and when I need to and what I’ve found is that people genuinely like to help. They are (oftentimes) waiting to be asked. The other thing I’ve come to realize is that asking for help doesn’t make me weak or incapable…anything but.
What do you to do to relieve stress and angst during the holiday season? Do share your tips so together we can create a list to choose from.
Here’s to the beginning of a peaceful and joyful holiday season for us all.
Much love and light…