Your mental and emotional state are integrally related to your breath.
When you find yourself rushing around the house trying to clean up before that holiday party or racing to the nearest store for the gift you forgot to buy, take just one minute to try some deep breathing. The key to breathing is to do abdominal breathing, or breathing with your belly moving in/out (and your chest staying still). When you feel overwhelmed, try slowlying breathing in through your nose (let your belly expand), hold your breath for 2 seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Take a minute to do just 6 of these deep breaths to help your body and mind reset to a calm state.
Don’t forget to exercise! Exercise is the forgotten wonder drug when it comes to helping stress and overwhelm. Getting regular exercise will benefit you both physically (healthier body!) and emotionally (lessen the feelings of stress). Try going for a walk, jog, or bike ride with the family while they’re in town.
Fuel Your Body
The busier you get, the easier it is to forget to keep your body hydrated and full of nutritious foods that will give you energy. Plus, with all the delicious sweets around, it’s easy to consume mostly sugar and then experience a “crash” later in the day. Do you reach for the coffee when that happens? Consuming caffeine later in the day can help you “make it through”, but it can also make it much harder to get to sleep at night. Drink lots of water throughout the day to boost your energy and curb your appetite.
It’s easy to put off going to bed, especially when there is a lot going on, or if you’ve had too much caffeine in the afternoon. Bottom line is, you cannot live WELL without regular sleep. Consistent sleep is one of the best things you can do to combat stress and overwhelm. Try keeping your bedtime at a consistent hour where you can get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. That way your brain will have time to rest and recover from the activities of each day - especially important when you need extra energy to visit all of those relatives this holiday!
So there you have it, 4 ways you can combat stress and overwhelm this holiday season. I hope these tips will help you get through the holidays with joy and less overwhelm.
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