Is Thanksgiving the most stressful of all the holidays? Recent polls say that it is, so this blog is all about changing that trend. I’d like to share some top tips about relaxing during the holiday. Between the cooking, the eating and the work that goes into creating a fantastic holiday, there are also opportunities to de-stress and take in a few books.
Celebrate, Don’t Ruminate
With all the hype and preparations surrounding the holidays, it can feel like one more “chore” that has to be dealt with. Your holiday can soon turn sour and become one more thing to add to your to-do list. If this happens, then really, what’s the point?
When you find yourself getting caught up in worrying and thoughts about how you’ll get everything done, stop and remember that most people say spending time with their family and friends is what they look forward to most about the holidays. This season should not be about stress… it should be about relaxing and sharing good times with those you love. Seriously! Chill!
One of the best and simplest ways to calm your nerves when you’re feeling tense or anxious is to practice more mindful breathing. Deep breathing activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which induces the relaxation response.
Exercise. Yes, Even During the Holiday!
Exercise affects a neurotransmitter that has an antidepressant-like effect on your brain while helping to decrease muscle tension.
Participate and Do Things You Want to Do
Be sure to leave time for the holiday activities you love most, whether it’s reading, decorating your Christmas tree, or writing holiday cards. You may even want to start writing a book.
Take a Break!
Taking even a few minutes to sit quietly and shut out the chaos around you can trigger your relaxation response. Meditating during your breaks can help you to decrease feelings of stress and anxiety even more.
Live Here and Now
Turn off your racing mind and simply focus only on the task at hand. Avoid worrying about what you need to do later in the day or tomorrow.