I hope everyone is staying calm during the most energetic time of the year. Whether your shopping, prepping, decorating or attending Holiday gatherings with Family or Friends I would like to give you a few tips to remain cool, calm and balanced (yes, it is possible).
It is a little crazy to think about everything that we try to fit into the 4 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you’re anything like me then you think that “This year is going to be different!” You plan to start Christmas shopping early and attend all of the Christmas Events and Gatherings feeling rested and looking absolutely spectacular in your new, sparkly Christmas Garb.
Then reality hits and life throws you a curve ball, and this year more than I’ve EVER seen, most every woman I know is going through extreme transitions. New jobs, new relationships, new homes, loss of jobs, loss of loved ones, ending relationships etc. On top of the Holiday Hoopla, dealing with emotional ups and downs can ignite serious anxiety. WHO NEEDS THAT?! NOT ME😊 Neither do you.
You probably keep hearing that Venus or Mars are in Retrograde and that is what is causing all the turmoil. This may be true, but we can look at it in 2 different ways. We can play victim to the shift or we can be BRAVE and stand tall and strong through this transitional wave. I can assure you that if you BELIEVE that there is always a POSITIVE UP-SWING after what seems is a DOWARD SPIRAL, staying compassionate, honest, loving in all situations, then you will quickly realize that the difficult times were necessary to get to the BLISS that awaits! TRUST ME ON THIS ONE.
5 TIPS TO STAYING EMOTIONALLY BALANCED DURING THE HOLIDAYS and DIFFICULT TRANSITIONS
1. WARM LEMON WATER and MEDITATION
Start each morning with a cup of WARM LEMON WATER (very good for your digestion throughout the rest of the day) and listen to a simple 15-20minute meditation (I recommend Deepak Chopra – 21 day meditation to start) This will teach you to start your day relaxed and with a positive message that will stay with you throughout the day, reminding you that you are never alone, you always are taken care of so when you feel overwhelmed it’s OK to “LET GO”. Simple yet very powerful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUYRYRvr5G8&list=PLYKo8x1WUsDb0s9_xlVyDlO4iqwGmMBuA)
It’s easy to stop taking care of ourselves when we are knee deep frustration and/or taking care of others. Start a couple of Self-care habits to do everyday that you can incorporate into your regular routine of getting ready for the day. I recommend DRY BODY BRUSHING just before you hop into the shower waiting for it to warm up. https://wellnessmama.com/26717/dry-brushing-skin/
3. BREATHE – COUNT BACKWARDS 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
This is one of my favorites! Listen to Mel Robbins – 5 Second Rule - and hear her simple technique of changing your thought process in 5 seconds. This technique has saved lives, literally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUyR6ftLYs4
4. GET ACTIVE
Try to do something active at least 20min. a day to get that heartrate up and those dopamine’s firing. Take a power walk or follow a YouTube Fitness video. I like Fitness Blender, they offer many FREE workouts that are 20 – 40 minutes. https://www.fitnessblender.com/. I know that you feel like you do not have time, but if you can get up 30 min. earlier or try to schedule this in, I promise you as a result of getting that blood pumping and those muscles moving you will look and feel healthier, sleep better and feel less stressed.
5. LAUGH & SMILE
Have fun people! This is supposed to be “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year”. Enjoy those around you, play a game with your family or watch some funny Christmas movies. Try to make someone else laugh or laugh at yourself. If your feeling stressed or overwhelmed, smile for no reason. Even if you have to force it, this simple act will spark those neurotransmitters in your brain connected to dopamine and serotonin which in turn helps you feel joyful.
Here’s hoping that all of you have a safe, relaxed, fun and stress-free
Happy, Happy Holiday!!