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Staying Stress-free During the Holidays

Submitted by on November 3, 2015 - 12:01 pm


It’s official! The holidays really are here. I mean, Halloween has come and gone and now we’re really in full holiday swing. We all know that the holidays are supposed to be all about peace, love and joy, however they can also be stressful. Why? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because they just creep up on us and we aren’t necessarily ready for them. Or because when we actually do get out to the stores to buy food or gifts we experience parking rage, (that of others, or even our own). Or maybe because we have to travel, (at the busiest travel time of year), to see our families, whom we love but don’t always agree with us on everything, causing us undue stress. That being said, in order to make your holidays more peaceful and fun I’ve come up with 7 simple ways to reduce your stress during this season, or anytime. Here they are:

1. Use imagery~ Take a moment to imagine yourself in a beautiful, peaceful place. Maybe it’s a luxurious beach resort that you vacationed at or somewhere that you dream of going to. The key is to, momentarily, remove yourself from the anxiety provoking environment you are in order to release some of the tension you feel.

2. Breathe!~ Breathing exercises are a great way to relieve stress anytime and anywhere. They’re easy to learn, easy to use, and can be done as soon as you feel any tension and immediately begin feeling better. A simple and effective exercise is to “inhale peace” and “exhale stress”.

3. Light Up (a candle that is)~ Aromatherapy can help you feel calmer and more at peace. Light an aromatherapy candle or have essential oils available to smell in times of stress and chaos.

4. Move That Body!~ Get up from sitting, (especially important on long flights). Take a short walk. In as little as 5 minutes you will feel like you were able to separate yourself from the current situation, regroup and feel like yourself again.

5. Have a Drink~ To relax nothing is better than a cup of herbal tea. Chamomile tea is one of my favorites because in addition to being an aid for stomach aches, (which are often stress related), it is also a great sleep aid.

6. Listen to Music~ Music can really transport you. When you are feeling stressed just tune in to some mellow or soothing music and watch your stress just slip away.

7. Develop a Positive Attitude~ Optimists and positive thinkers experience better health, less stress, and más suerte (more luck) in life. Developing a more positive frame of mind may take a little time and practice, however it can change your life and how you live it. Practice makes perfect and the rewards are worth it.

Here’s to a fun and stress-free holiday season!

4 Comments»

  • Deirdre says:
    November 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I never really acknowledged the stress the holidays cause until last year and now I am in so many ways dreading them, but of course I don’t want to feel that way! I want to enjoy them. Thank you for your seven tips! I hope they will help and its nice to know other people understand!

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    Ana Caban says:
    November 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Thank Deirdre,

    I find that the travel, alone, can be very stressful. You are not alone.
    Wishing you a happy and peaceful holiday season! Ana

  • Devon Richards says:
    November 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you for your advice on living stress free during the holidays. I’ve found that breathing exercises really help clear my head of stress before I go to sleep at night. I have been actively changing my diet by eating protein, fruits, and veggies and not drinking alcohol. These changes, I believe, have helped me be optimistic in everyday life. I smile more and feel more energized, especially when I drink green tea. I have finally gotten back into working out and doing your pilates videos and people keep asking me if I’ve grown. My body feels like it did in high school when I first started doing your videos six years ago. You are the best and you inspire me to be a better person. Thank you, Devon

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    Ana Caban says:
    November 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Devon,
    Yes, breath is key. So many people walk around holding their breath, or not breathing to their full capacity. It’s a real shame. They would be so much healthier and less stressed-out if they breathed more deeply. Keep up the good work! Ana

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