The holiday rush is here, and most of us experience some stress, from picking gifts to give, managing our schedule, planning vacations, and, gaaah, the holiday traffic! How do you react when these stressors arise? Do you roll with the punches? Or does anxiety immediately take over?
Today, we will share with you some stress busters this holiday season.
- Breathe. This is probably the most accessible and inexpensive way to combat how our body reacts to stress. Doing deep breathing helps regulate our psychological and physiological responses. So next time you feel anxious, take a pause and breathe. It would also help to inhale your favorite essential oils that can take you to your happy place. A personal favorite is jasmine essential oil.
- Sleep more. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night is common today. However, experts recommend getting 6-8 hours of sleep each night. Not only will you rest your body, but your mind will also be refreshed. Sleep is not only a time for our bodies to rest but also a time to heal.
- Turn your gadgets off. The convenience that devices have brought to our lives is a double-edged sword. We depend on them so much that we can’t seem to live without them. Our minds are constantly filled with messages, social media, emails, etc., which is almost impossible for us to deal with. Be intentional in using your devices; when they get overwhelming, take a break. It is also advisable to put your phone down at least 30 minutes before bed.
- Take a holiday break. It doesn’t have to be a fancy vacation resort. A day at the beach or an afternoon at the park will do. Just anywhere you can be and not think about the pressure of the holiday, bills, work, or other preoccupations you may have. It’s essential to take time for yourself, so do it! You cannot give what you do not have.
- Create pockets of calm in your day. Meditation is something that I highly recommend for everyone to try. Having even only five minutes of calm for yourself can bring great changes in the long run. Research shows that meditation and mindfulness can combat stress and anxiety.
This is just a short list of tools you can incorporate into your daily life as stress busters this holiday season. Do you have any best practices yourself? Share with us in the comments!