Hello beautiful humans. How is this week treating you?
Have you been feeling increasingly overloaded, overwhelmed, and an intense pressure to make sure the holiday season is wonderful for your people? Truth? I have felt it. Hard.
It’s almost a cliché to say that the holidays can be stressful. Not everyone gets along, planes are delayed, and dinner gets burned. Any picture-perfect image of the holidays we build up in our minds, filled with expectations of how life should be, rarely gets met. And it can feel extremely disappointing.
I encourage you to take the time to keep yourself grounded. Try to plan what needs planning and then focus on whatever you value most this time of year.
Here a few practices that have helped me relieve stress and tension in busy seasons.
Spending time in nature. Studies show that spending time in green spaces can reduce stress. “Blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the level of ‘stress hormones’ all decrease faster in natural settings,” reports a summary published on Science Daily. Spending time in nature is a balm for our nervous system.
Yoga. Pressed for time? Legs Up the Wall pose, for 10 minutes after work or at bedtime. This pose is the perfect antidote to stress.
Meditation. Even if it’s in short stints.
Alternate-Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana) This is a deeply calming breathing technique that works to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
Eating in a loving, relaxed environment. The kind of company we keep—and the conversations we have—during meals can positively or negatively affect our ability to digest and assimilate our meal. Your stomach, and your spirit, will thank you.
Drinking tea. Try adding another hot beverage to your morning routine. This ritual has added so much joy to my days. If you are a coffee drinker, no need to quit. Just add another drink to your day.
Get connected with like-minded people. Connection with authentic humans who care has been so important for me in busy and stressful seasons. Join me in the Empower You this winter to make deeper connections, increase fitness, and destress.