OMG The Holiday Hustle and Bustle Is Back - 12 Holistic Ways To DeStress The Mess and Increase The Joy During The Holiday Season

This particular season is definitely full of hustle and bustle.  The time has flown by! But either way, it goes, there are ways that you can decrease the stress and increase the joy during this holiday season!
  • Journal  - Getting your feelings out as the holiday's progress can be helpful.  Make it a priority to take some time to write in your journal and write everything down! Write down how your day went and if it didn't go well write why.  Go ahead and write down all the negative feelings, frustrations, hurts, anger whatever it is you are feeling. 
  • Walk It Off - Adding a quick walk to your day can help relieve that holiday stress. Getting outside in nature and taking a brisk walk does wonder for alleviating stress. Try taking a quick 15-minute walk to energize you and boost your mood.
  • Nap - The holidays are busy but it really is okay to take a break during the day.  Take a power nap for about 15 to 30 minutes during the day.  You will be refreshed, renewed and re-energized. 
  • Dance - Holiday stress can zap the fun out of the day.  It's a great idea to get out your favorite music, crank it up and dance.  Relieve your stress and get your mojo back. The feel-good hormones start going and you will feel great!
  • Gratitude -  There are many things to be thankful for and the holidays is a wonderful way to let someone know you appreciate them.  Write a thank you note to a co-worker, neighbor or friend.  It feels great to show someone else appreciation.  Doing something kind for someone else is a great way to usher in more kindness, gratefulness, and thankfulness in your world and the world overall. 
  • Take a Whiff - The holidays are full of wonderful smells.  One smell you should definitely have on hand is the smell of citrus.   Researchers have concluded that the smell of citrus boost feelings of well-being and alleviates stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood. Try carrying around a bottle of lemon essential oil.  Just take a whiff and feel an uplift in your overall mood. 
  • Skype -running out of time and still want to connect with friends and family during the holidays?  Make a date with a friend on Skype. It is always good to connect with one of your friends you haven't seen for awhile. If you don't have an account on Skype here is the link ...its free! www.skype.com
  • Learn The Art of Saying No - During holiday preparation time there is always so much to do.  Many requests are made of us...sometimes too many. It really is okay to say "no". We all have limitations and trying to meet everyone's needs and expectations can cause a great deal of stress. Remember that you need to first take care of you and then take care of everyone else. Start saying "no " to those requests you know you can't do. 
  • Laughter- The holidays are meant to be a time of joy. Don't forget to take the time to laugh!.  Laughter gets the feel-good hormones going and is good for your health.  Take the time to have a good laugh every day. You will feel better. 
  • DeTox Your Digital - the buzzing and incessant ringing of cell phones cause holiday stress.  It is okay to change your notifications, you don't need to know every time someone post on Facebook or Twitter. Also, change the ringtones to silent for some of your other alerts. All these alerts on our phone keep us in a mode of fight or flight. Each time one of those alerts/notifications go off our adrenaline starts going. Give your self a break and turn off those alerts/notifications. 
  • Get Cured - from the "need to please disease" We all want to be a contributing part of someone's happiness during the holidays.  But we should do it on our own terms. find that happy medium where you are pleasing others but you are also getting something out of it yourself.  This is not selfish...it is just a necessary part of your self-care. You don't want to get into that used and abused category.  Do nice things for others, but do something that you are enjoying as well! 


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