There’s an expectation that the holidays are a time for fun and joy, perfect gifts and family harmony. But for so many of us, this time of year can be really difficult. The overeating, overspending, the not so comfortable family relationships. It can be a time of real stress and sometimes loneliness.
How would it feel to do something different this year? There are lots of little things you can do to reduce your stress and feel more connected now. Continue reading Avoid Holiday Stress
Who hasn’t overstuffed themselves during the Holidays?
No matter how good you are at eating sensibly it can feel downright impossible this time of year with all of the parties and social gatherings. Add an irritating relative and giant bottle of wine, and all of a sudden that cheese platter or mountain of cookies has your name written all over it. Continue reading How to Enjoy a Happy & Healthy Holiday
How to turn a crappy day around.
Have you ever had a day when it felt like the entire universe was conspiring against you? The “everything goes wrong from dumping coffee in your lap to stepping in dog poop and smearing it all over the interior of your car while you drive down the road and almost have an accident because you’re desperately trying to figure out where the hell the smell is coming from” kind of day…and it’s only 8:15. Yeah. We’ve all been there. Some days can be pretty rough, but you have the power to turn it around. Here are my favorite quick tips to boost your mood instantly. Continue reading Quick tips to boost your mood instantly
Feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety is a very personal experience.
In the past, when I had a lot of stress and anxiety in my day-to-day life, my stomach was always a mess. Occasionally I would even have mini panic attacks. I’ll never forget the first time it happened. I was on a business trip and had to pick up a rental car, something I had done countless times before. There I was sitting in the parking garage when all of a sudden I felt completely overwhelmed. I couldn’t catch my breath and I had a tight feeling in my chest. It was really frightening, but I was also embarrassed by my lack of control. Continue reading Fast and effective trick to beat stress and anxiety
The holidays are a time for peace, joy and love. For relaxing with your family. Creating wonderful memories of magical gifts and delicious meals. Everything perfect right??! Maybe not exactly.
It is easy to fall into the trap of expectations and the desire to have the ‘perfect’ Christmas. The reality of shopping, crazy relatives, running around, the extra cookies and cocktails, expectations from your family, not to mention the cost can create a lot of stress and anxiety.
Here are three important things to keep in mind this holiday season to help you feel more calm, relaxed, and able to cope with all the added stress that comes with this time of year.
Let It Go
No, I’m not encouraging you to go buy every blue Disney princess thing you can get your hands on. Trying to create the most magical holiday ever can really stress you out. It is important to acknowledge these feelings when they come up. When you start feeling overwhelmed or anxious, take a deep breath in. Christmas can be an emotional roller coaster, so try to let go of your desire for everything to be perfect.
Take it Easy
There is always so much that needs to get done. All the shopping, decorating, parties and travel. This time of year we are often so focused on buying just the right gifts and making it perfect for the people we love, it is easy to lose sight of ourselves. Often the more you try to do the worse your anxiety becomes. The best way to deal with this is to make some time for yourself. Go for a walk, take some time to stretch, have an early night and curl up with a good book or watch your favorite film. Or you could even work out. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and you don’t have to wait until the 1st to get started on your resolutions! By taking time for yourself you will be able to be more calm and happy for yourself and others.
Ask for help
You may feel like there is an expectation to be happy and keep a smile on your face. The truth is when you are feeling stressed or experiencing a lot of anxiety, this expectation can make your feelings even worse. Take the time to talk to someone about how you are feeling and what you are going through. Don’t feel like hitting every party? That’s perfectly fine, just remember to take it easy and relax.
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