‘It’s the season to be jolly, however most of us feel overwhelmed and stressed out during ‘silly season’. Here we talk about ways to keep calm and enjoy the chaos.
You may already be aware of the detrimental effect of stress on your body & mind but if you feel that stress is unavoidable this time of year, these tips will help lighten the blow;
- Breathe deeply – even in a moment of chaos you can still slow your breathing and take 10 deep, slow breaths to lower your heart rate and calm your nervous system. You can do this as a daily practice in the morning and evening also. You’ll feel great afterwards
- Write a list – it sounds too simple but keeping a mental list of all the things you need to do will only add to stress and exhaust your mind. Delegate as much off that list as you can so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
- Stop and hug your loved ones – you may be in rush, rush, rush mode trying to get it all done so find a moment to cuddle your family and friends and enjoy the stress busting endorphins that are released.
- Turn off the technology – find time each day to do something you enjoy that doesn’t involve technology. Have a cup of tea and chat with a friend, sit on your balcony or enjoy the view from your window and let your mind slow down.
- Laugh – stress hormones are lowered when you laugh!
- Exercise – just 15minutes a day can decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.
- Ask for help – most of the time people won’t offer help because they assume you’ve got it all under control. Let family and friends know how they can help you and contribute.
- Eat well – nourish your body with whole foods that are healthy. When your body is in high demand physically and mentally you want to fuel yourself with the best you can.
- Listen to music – whether you’re in traffic or at home cleaning you can lift the mood by listening to whatever makes you feel good. A little dance will also benefit by releasing endorphins and getting your heart pumping!
- Be grateful and praise yourself – remind yourself what you have, what you have achieved & the goodness all around you rather than what you are lacking or what you have to do!