‘Tis the season to get your ass handed to you.
Yeah. That was blunt.
During the holiday season there is sometimes stress surrounded by reuniting with family members, gift shopping, preparation of food, and other household chores.
This is supposed to be a happy time of the year but it is inevitable that stress will build and tensions will rise.
So how can you stay present, be in the M O M E N T and spread the holiday cheer?
Here are some best practices to keep your mind healthy and your heart happy.
Set your intentions and expectations:
By opening yourself up to happiness and making the conscious decision to be HAPPY, you can train your brain to be ready for a positive experience. Remember that not everything has to be perfect (even though you may want it to be) and that some things are out of your control. I am the worst at allowing things to be out of my hands, but sometimes you need to let go.
“Researchers studying depression have found that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood. For an all-day pick-me-up, dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief to tuck in your pocket.” You guys know I am all about the natural so I am LOVING this suggestion. Do something that will keep you calm. Try lavender if citrus isn’t your thing.
Don’t do too much:
During the holidays people tend to go overboard trying to please everyone with everything. Learn to put your foot down and just say NO. Trust me, it’s OK.
Do less “things” and spend more time with your loved ones.
Get some vitamin D:
This may sound crazy but when the days get shorter and it becomes darker earlier many people go through depression. It is called SAD – otherwise known as Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder. To help beat this plan a Christmas morning hike or a stroll around the neighborhood.
For some of us the holidays are hard because we have lost a loved one or can’t have the person we love be present. This one is tough. Make plans to see the person you can’t see and if you aren’t able to see the person at all share a story or memory that reminds you of them. As cheesy as it sounds they are still in your heart and memories. That will never change.
Practice gratitude and generosity:
Appreciate the people you have in your life. Reflect on the blessings you have had in the last year. Be thankful and try to reciprocate the effort. If you are in a position to give back to your community or loved ones, take advantage of it. You will be helping someone else and spreading your blessings.
Don’t take yourself too seriously! Allow yourself to be a kid again. Be goofy, sing songs, dance, make cookies…anything! Just have fun while you are doing it.
What are some things you do to help destress and lift your spirits during the holidays? xx