De-stress for the Holidays

Be Kind – To Yourself!

Cut yourself some Slack during an End-of-Year Move

It’s the “most wonderful time of the year,” so why have you been so stressed lately? Here it is, the last few days of December and all there’s been to think about is what we are giving and getting for holiday gifts!

Oh, and we had to choose our healthcare plans. Right.

Don’t forget to make the cookies.

(Yes, and we need to start gathering tax forms and info)

Wait, and we’re also moving this month!

Ugh, now I’m not only stressed, I also feel guilty that I’m letting this all get to me during the Holidays!

Well, don’t.

The end-of-the-year is like the perfect storm – we are already off balance and all we need is the slightest gust from any of these stressful directions to push us right over the edge.

Take Care of You this season

I will keep my advice short and sweet – be kind…to You. Here’s how:

  • Take some deep breaths each morning and, while you are doing this, count your blessings. Even when everything seems to be going wrong, there is always something we can think of with gratitude. Giving your mind even just a few minutes to focus on what is good in your life will strengthen your spirit to face the day ahead.
  • Eat well. I don’t mean you should skip all the holiday goodies. What I do mean is that if a salad and healthy food seem like too much trouble to make for yourself – realize that it’s not. You are worth the effort. Allow yourself the gift of time to take care of YOU. When you eat the baking…enjoy it! Don’t beat yourself up. Give yourself a break this month.
  • Add-in some relaxing music and scented candles or essential oils. If life is feeling stressful, it can benefit you to de-stress your environment. Even though music and aromas cannot change the amount of responsibility on your shoulders, they will help; physically soothing your senses to alleviate some of the stress you’re experiencing feeling.

Here is a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh – my gift to you for Peace as you enter the New Year: “To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.”

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