Sales, bells and hotels, yes the holiday season is upon us. For many this means, shopping, traveling, family visits and stress. Today I want to share a few tips to help relieve some of the holiday stress and make the season more enjoyable. These are the tips I use when I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed and I hope they can help you also.
Remember the reason for the season.
My first tip to help relieve stress is to simply remember the reason behind the season. To me, Christmas is the time to celebrate the coming of Jesus and to spend time with friends and family. It's not about gifts or busyness instead, it should be a time of rest and reflection as well as preparation for the New Year. Take time each day to reflect on things you are grateful for and things you have to be happy about.
I know that it can be hard to squeeze in workouts during the holidays, especially when family is in town. However, I personally make my workouts a priority. I know that I am not at my best when I haven't exercised. My workouts are a way for me to relieve stress and I don't stop them for the holidays.
Keeping your workout schedule can also create a sense of normalcy which also helps with relieving stress. I have several quick workouts on my site you can check them out here if you are looking for some ideas.
Have a bath or use a relaxing shower gel or massage oil.
Baths are usually a great way to relieve stress. It gives you some alone time to relax and unwind. When you don’t have time for a bath you can use a relaxing shower gel or massage oil. The scent of the gel in the heat of the shower is very relaxing. When I use relaxing shower gels I literally want to go straight to sleep after my shower. Some of my favorites are from the Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy collection.
Enjoy your family.
The holidays are a time that many of us get to see family members that we haven't seen the entire year or longer. I know how it is when families get together, there are good times and bad times. Drama and messiness, I'd like to encourage you to make the best of the time you have with your family.
If there are some issues that need to be addressed, do that and then let it go. We only get one family and we don't get much time with them, reflecting on good memories and making new memories can help relieve the stress that being around a lot of family at one time can bring on. If that doesn't work, there is always wine ;) just kidding hehe.
What tips can you offer for stress relief this holiday season?
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." -Isaiah 7:14 NIV