As the holidays are right around the corner, there’s likely going to be ample opportunity to laugh, connect and indulge (yay!) and equal opportunity to forget to laugh it off, over-commit and over-indulge (uh-oh).
Here are 5 ways to keep calm and balanced and stress-free this season (yes, it’s possible).
Take mini “me” breaks. It seems impossible, but if you make tuning in with yourself a commitment, you will not only feel more centered but get more done (thanks to not feeling at your wit’s end). Start your day with a cup of hot water and lemon and write down your thoughts in a journal or meditate. Make your class and stretch on your days off and end the evening with a hot bath or shower or a few moments with your favourite book.
Keep active. I am not just saying this because I own a studio. Exercise releases endorphins, lowers cortisol (the stress hormone) and keeps anxiety levels down. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in every day, even if that’s a lovely and serene walk on the beach (far away from the crowds).
Break it down. Make a list, check it twice and then cut it into quarters. Trying to do all of your shopping at once or sitting down to write out all of your cards will be daunting. Do ¼ of each 4 times. Easy-breezy, done.
Give connective gifts. I love seeing friends and couples come into my classes to share an experience and who wouldn’t prefer a dinner with a loved one over a book and a pair of socks?
Remember what is important. Your sister will annoy you, your mother may ask too many questions, and yes, you may find that you’re not as great a cook as you had hoped just as people sit down. Learn to laugh things off and let them go and you’ll find that stressful situations become cherished memories.