Holidays are joyful times to share with family and friends, and are, for the most part, occasions to foster fond memories to last a lifetime. But most of us experience at least some level of stress during these times; be it air or road travel, hectic traffic in the streets and shops, rushing to find the perfect gifts, cooking to impress, or simply having enough of commotion and being deprived of solitude and quite time.
Follow these few tips to help your body balance stress:
1- Take a daily walk, concentrating on your breathing, and being aware of the environment around you. Sometimes we will walk or drive the same stretch every day, and become blind to the beauty of the space around us.
2- Find time to meditate, if possible, otherwise make #1 above your time to do so. Making time for yourself is really important.
3- Moderate your time with friends and family. It's okay to take a break. Don't feel obligated to overextend yourself when you feel the need to escape.
4- Drink alcohol, stimulant-rich, and sugary drinks in moderation.
5- Get plenty of sleep.
6- Connect with your community. Volunteer and practice gratitude. Those less fortunate could really use extra love and kindness at this time of year.
7- Set reasonable boundaries at home and work for yourself and those around you. Try creating lists for chores, reponsibilities, and gift budgets.
To enjoy your family and friends to the fullest, you have to be at peace with yourself. Of course, if you really need to get away, there's no place like Marianna's to escape for a totally relaxing facial or massage.
Wishing all a happy and safe holiday!