There’s no denying that this time of year can be stressful. For many of us, there are presents to buy and wrap and gift, cards to send, decorations to go up, kids to please, relatives to entertain.
1. Take some time for you
This is our top tip, and one of the most important. If you’ve ever been on an airplane, then you’ll know you have to put your oxygen mask on before you help your child do the same.
This is just like that. Except, instead of a literal oxygen mask, we’re talking about delegating some tasks to your partner, a relative, friend, or home help, so that you can take a long hot soak in the tub, practice 10 minutes of meditation, or lose yourself in one of your favorite books for half an hour or more.
Yes, it might feel selfish, but the positive effects of taking a little time out for you will ripple out to everyone you know.
2. Get back to nature
Here at SHAHANA, we’re always inspired by nature. There’s something that happens when you get up close ‘n’ personal with Mother Earth.
Whether it’s the fresh air, the sense of freedom that comes from unplugging and breathing it all in, it’s hard to tell. One thing’s for sure, though: There’s scientific proof that it’s a good thing for stress. And not only that but it reduces anger and fear and increases pleasant feelings.
So there’s that.
3. Don’t forget to have fun
It’s hard to say why, but for many of us, adulthood means leaving playtime to the kids. But it doesn’t have to be that way. After all, why should they get all the fun?
When we actively cultivate more joy in our lives, we laugh more and feel more connected to the people we care about.
A good, hearty laugh not only reduces stress, but it also boosts your immune system and improves your resistance to disease.
Here’s hoping one or more of these tips helps you combat stress this holiday season.
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