De-stress your Holidays

De-stress your Holidays

Destress your Holidays:

The holidays are filled with colors, parties, family, friends, and stress. We have the best 15 tips for how to destress your holidays

  1. Breathe

    1. Research has found that mindful breathing can greatly reduce stress and Greatist.com has 6 different breathing exercises to help you relax 

  2. Find time for your self

    1. Don’t forget that you are important and worth the extra time. Give into the dream of a bubble bath and a good book. Let yourself have that twenty minutes to grab a coffee or tea from the coffee shop and sit down to just people watch.

  3. Exercise (yoga combines exercise and breath)

    1. Exercising has been shown to help decrease stress and release endorphins that help you to feel good. According to the ADAA with as little as five minutes a day you can bring on the good feeling!

  4. Lavender (essential oils)

    1. Essential oils have been around for a long time but have only recently become a household item. There are different ways to use essential oils: in a diffuser, on the body (mixed with a mixing agent), in the bath with salts, and more! Here are some great tips from Mindy Body Green

  5. Break up cleaning into a small daily dose

    1. When you know you will be having people over throughout the holiday season you worry about how to get and keep the house clean. We suggest Breaking up the cleaning into small easy to do daily doses

      1. For example: Clean just one bathroom a day (5-10 minutes), Vacuum/Seep/Mop one room a day (5-10 minutes), Wipe down the kitchen counters after each meal (1-2 minutes), etc. Breaking up these tedious tasks can help keep you house clean and you feeling great!

  6. Start early

    1. It’s never too early to start preparing! Are you going to be having overnight house guests? Wash the bedding now with a long lasting scent booster so they smell laundry fresh when you pull them out in a couple of weeks. Look now for fun tourist’s things you can take your guests to do. Book any tours early. Decorating? Go through your decorations now to see if there is anything broken or missing which give you plenty of time to replace them.

  7. Get enough sleep

    1. Not sleeping? Not good! Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get your shut eye. Research shows that sleep and dreams help your body to recover from the day.

  8. Music

    1. “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast”- William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride

    2. Psych Central has a great article on how music creates emotions and districts the listener helping them to come to a calmer place, read more here

  9. Prep food early

    1. Do you need a pie crust for part of your meal? Make it a day early. Are there vegetables that need to be chopped? Do it the day before. By prepping some items early, you put less stress on yourself the day of.

  10. Always add extra time for “just in case”

    1. In everything you do this season add more time to what you think it is going to take. Driving to visit family? Add at least half an hour for traffic accidents and the unexpected bathroom breaks. If you get there early you can look at tip two and use the extra time for you time. Cooking the Turkey? Add more time than what the recipe says it will take. Sometimes your oven my not be as hot as it should be, or you are a little late getting it into the over. A little extra cushion time helps to make sure everything is ready at the same time.

  11. Look around and enjoy your family

    1. Yes, sometimes family can be difficult but whether they are blood related or chosen friends they are part of your life

  12. Children’s entertainment

    1. Have the kids help make table decorations, you can find some here

    2. Movies- make sure you have a wide selection to keep them busy and have some crayons and coloring books close by for little ones who may get bored with the movies

  13. Hosting?

    1. Hosting can be the largest of the stress producers so here are some tips to help you

      1. Can you buy some of the meal? If so, go for it!

      2. Set out the cooking utensils, pots, pans, bakeware the night before so you are not hunting for them when you are in the middle of cooking.

      3. Ask for help and let others help. You can ask each person to bring a small side dish. You can ask a couple of your closets friends to help you in the kitchen the day of

  1. Going to someone else’s house?

    1. If you are not hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you will probably be a guest. It is always good to know what is expected when you are in someone’s home.  Common sense will take you a long way.  So will “Please” and “Thank you.”  But the best tips are from The Kitchn

  2. Smile

    1. Even when you may not be feeling like it a smile goes a long way. It can help someone else feel appreciated, it can help calm others and yourself. It has been shown that smiling (even when you don’t feel like it) helps to “trick” your brain into thinking you are happy and reduces stress levels. Sun Warrior has come up with the 15 health benefits from smiling