As much as we may enjoy the festivities of this time of year, the holiday season can also bring high levels of stress and anxiety. Seemingly endless to-do lists, extra shopping trips, and holiday events, added to our already busy lives, can wreck havoc on our emotional and physical well-being. Here are some suggestions and reminders for us to take care of ourselves, and not let stress go unchecked. Let's bring 2019 to completion on a more peaceful note, shall we?
Meditation does not have to be about pretzeled legs, chanting, and reaching enlightenment. It can simply be about creating a moment of stillness in your mind as a way to become more relaxed. Just one minute, can dramatically improve your mood, your productivity and the quality of your day. Take several minutes throughout a day if you can, and make this a part of your new normal.
It can be tough to make time for exercise when the schedule gets tight and tensions get high. But that's when it becomes even more important. Exercise can relieve the physical symptoms of stress like fatigue, pain, and moodiness. If you can't make time for daily workout, try to fit a 5-10 minute walk outside into some part of your day. A little goes a long way when you need it.
Laugh + Sing
Both laughter and music can lower the blood pressure. It's been said that 3 months of laughter or music therapy results in the same drop in blood pressure that could be achieved with a low-salt diet, losing 10 pounds, or taking a blood-pressure-lowering medication.
"Counting your blessings" boosts self esteem and helps us experience more positive emotions such as love, joy and happiness, while protecting us from the destructive emotions of envy, greed, bitterness and resentment. Gratitude also helps us pay closer attention on the good in people, rather than focusing on the negatives. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can help carry you through every day of every year.
Regular massage can improve sleep, relieve headaches, reduce muscle pain, and improve moods. Plus, massage feels good. When you feel good, you play more, work more efficiently, and take better care of the people you love. Schedule a table massage a Yomassage class to prepare for a busy (and fun) Holiday season.
Commit to taking care of yourself this season! You may be surprised with the results. Cheers!