8 Fixes for Holiday Stress
Holidays are a time for joy, giving and receiving love, and
family traditions. Yet many people experience the Holidays as
stressful and exhausting. We seem to have
gotten further and further away from the true meaning of this
highly-charged spiritual time. Many overextend themselves;
spend money they don’t have; over-commitment; and have
expectations that are too high. Some lack a healthy rhythm to
their life, eat high-stress foods, and make inappropriate food
choices for the colder, darker season.
Clients often ask
for suggestions on maintaining balance and good health during the
holidays. Putting your happiness and well-being first and
foremost is essential. Base every action you take on self-love,
and practice exceptional self-care. What are you tolerating that
you don't want to be doing?
Let it go. The better you feel the greater your positive impact
on other people; your work, and family; and the more joyful your
holidays will be. Now is NOT the time
to give up your exercise routine or to eat poor quality food.
Start by setting
your intention for the Holidays
Decide what your experience
will be. Create a plan and work it. Put your well being
first. Set some guidelines and new traditions if the old
ones leave you exhausted and stressed. Your choices and
experiences will always reflect your mental state. By setting
the mental tone first, it will be easier to make choices that
will create a happier, healthier Holiday.
Make a list of those you want to give gifts to
and how much you want to spend. Create your own gift
certificates for something you are talented at—something that
can be honored after the rush of the season. Make a weekly
plan for healthy eating, exercising, self-nurturing. This is not
optional. Healthy diet and exercise increase vitality and
improve mental state. Say NO more often. It’s
impossible to attend every party, and give gifts to everyone you love.
Let them go. Take a day off during the middle
of the week to shop when there are fewer crowds or shop online
and by catalog. Call your favorite store and ask for gift
suggestions. Do as much as you can at one store.
Focus on long, slow, deep
breathing. Close your eyes and visualize yourself smiling,
radiant, energized. Hold the vision for 30 seconds. Ask your
Inner Wisdom to give you all the energy, time, abundance,
health, and love that you need. Sit quietly focusing on your
breath. When thoughts arise, bring your attention back to your
breath. This is a significant way to remain
peaceful and healthy. Do this for 5 minutes or more 2-3x a
day. Do not underestimate the impact of
this simple practice.
remedy stress and fatigue
Get a massage, spend an hour
at the gym, take a steam or sauna; go to a yoga class, or take a
short, brisk walk. Listen to a guided relaxation tape;
take quiet, reflective time to journal your thoughts and
feelings. Eat a healthy, simple, whole foods meal. Listen
to music that relaxes and rejuvenates you.
you can to elevate your thoughts. This will lead to
more physical vitality. Your body and life always follow
the instructions of your mind. Set a positive mental tone by
refusing to complain, listen to or talk about anything negative.
put your attention on expands. Keep bringing your mind back to
the peaceful, joyful, abundant Holiday Season that you intend to
the Holidays do you
give yourself permission to eat a lot of foods you would not ordinarily consume?
You may know that certain foods cause fatigue, irritability,
moodiness, and even make you sick. And yet, because it's the
Holidays, you abandon your healthy eating habits to
indulge and feel lousy. Does this make sense? Ask
yourself what you want more, vitality, well-being,
and a healthy fit body and mind, or the very short-lived
sensory pleasure of food and substances that cause fatigue,
anxiety, depression, and poor health.
fatigue and over committing can cause you to reach for foods
that will calm or dull your emotions and give you energy.
Unfortunately, a lot of people reach for simple sugars, alcohol,
or rich, fatty foods which may give very temporary relief.
Ultimately, these foods and substances will cause more fatigue,
anxiety, and other negative emotional states.
If you do
overindulge there are immediate solutions. Learn
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for stress and anxiety can be useful as well.
focus on what you want—vitality, wellness, and peace of
mind. Doing so will lead to better choices.
Whatever you decide to eat, enjoy it and let go of guilt.
Guilt always causes a new problem. It
helps to remember why you eat. Food fuels your body, gives
clarity and focus, healthy, balanced emotions and a joyful
spirit. The more you love and respect yourself, the easier it will be to
Whatever you eat, if you chew until liquid and avoid
eating a minimum of 2 hours before bed, you will feel better.
Eat slowly and savor the tastes and textures and you will be
satisfied with small amounts. If you have overindulged, eat
simply the next day, eating only vegetables, broth, simple
soups, and herbal teas. Add whole grains like
buckwheat, quinoa and millet, amaranth, and wild or brown rice.
not only a time of celebration, but also a time for completions,
endings, letting go. Setting a positive mental tone and
focusing on well-being during the Holidays will lead to ease in
keeping New Year’s commitments, and carrying over to the New
Year all the peace and joy of the Holiday Season.
If you're like most people you begin a new year very excited
about your goals, and take some new actions. Soon your
enthusiasm fizzles and you're right back where you started.
Most people wait until January 1
to re-commit to their health and happiness. It's important to
mentally prepare yourself for the New Year. Tearing down
old foundations that are not working and building sturdier new
ones is essential to your success. This is an inside job, one
that will end the cycle of trying and failing. Join me and
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