Since this is supposed to be a “happy” time of year, what to do if you feel stressed out, unhappy and depleted? During this time of year, many of us feel stressed. According to a survey in Consumer Reports, here are the top “Holiday Stressors: crowds and long lines, gaining extra weight, getting into debt, gift buying, and seeing certain relatives.” Sound familiar?
While stress may seem unavoidable, you can change your response to these stressors with a few of my favorite stress busting tips. But you may also need extra help to find out what is keeping you in worry and stress-mode all of the time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a therapist or coach. I have reached out and it has made all of the difference in my life and the lives of the amazing people who I now mentor.
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When you take time for calm, you’ll be more available for yourself and your family. It’s that airplane warning to put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then your child. Please enjoy my favorite Stress Busting Tips for you and your family.
1. Breathe slowly and deeply.
Before reacting to the next stressful thing, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have a few minutes, try out a relaxation technique such as a brief meditation or guided imagery.
2. Get outside for a break
Feel the healing power of fresh air. Feel the vibration of being alive and the beauty of nature or the bustle of city life. Don’t be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Even five minutes outside can be rejuvenating.
3. Move your body
We all know exercise can provide an outlet for frustration. Even a quick burst of exercise can help. These may include a quick run up several flights of stairs, doing gentle stretching, or dancing to a favorite tune.
4. Include a joy booster
Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day. Enjoy a relaxing bath or read a good book. Turn off your screens and cell phone 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Avoid thinking of your to do list for tomorrow. Let yourself fully relax.
5. Give yourself a good laugh
Laughing helps you feel better in a matter of minutes. It boosts endorphins and other feel-good hormones. It can also put things in perspective. It’s hard to feel fear or anger when we’re laughing.
6. Count your blessings.
Gratitude is a great way to raise your energy and open your heart. Think of three good things, even if this day has been full of stress or disappointments. Close your eyes and focus on your heart when you think of three good things. Make sure you also write them down.
7. Love yourself more!
This is the best medicine. Do the things that make you happy and add more joy. This is a great way to take care of your needs and reduce stress long-term. Sometimes we become more stressed when we forget about self-care. Spread Loving Kindness to yourself first and then to others.
Wishing you and your family the best!
PS: Are you ready to let go of fear and live a better life in success, health, and happiness? Are you ready to make 2023 your best year? Book your Inner Power Breakthrough Session with Vicki or give this gift to someone you love.
Vicki Atlas Israel is the Author of #1 Amazon Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.” Order the book at InnerPowerMindset.com. Contact Vicki if you’re interested in having her speak at your next event. As a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist, Vicki’s purpose is to bring more love, joy, and healing to children and families. You can connect with her on Facebook or email her at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com