3 STEPS FOR STRESS-FREE HOLIDAYS
Things get a little crazy around the holidays right?
Shopping, cooking and family gatherings.
Which means mucho crunch time aka STRESS-FEST!
You stress about the things you can’t control.
And the things you can control.
And the things you haven’t imagined yet.
And every freakin worst-case scenario out there.
I know I’m not the only mama out there who feels like this because when I ask my mamas in my private ModZen Mama community, holiday time always stirs some sort of stress.
Here is the double-edged sword with stress.
All we want during the holidays is to have fun with our loved ones, laugh and make special memories.
But feeling stressed prevents you from sharing beautiful moments with your family.
You see, stress is the body’s natural response to external cues, inner thoughts and feelings that trigger fear.
It’s how you react to a perceived danger – the “fight or flight” response, that causes anxiety, panic, overwhelm.
When we get consumed with thoughts like “I don’t have enough time.”
Prepare ourselves for that rude comment our mother is probably going to make about our weight gain.
Or any other perceived threat, we disconnect from the present moment and lose connection with those in front of us.
So this holiday season, it’s my greatest desire you are less stressed and fully present with your loved ones.
I’m going to give you three of my favorite tools to help you slow down, get your stuff done but also stay present.
Step 1: Focus on “Real life”
It’s so easy to live in our imaginary life aka the projections of our mind, the feelings, fears and thoughts that affect us.
Anytime you feel stressed, bring your full awareness to your real life. The thing thats right in front of you.
Focus on the task on hand by bringing your eye focus to one specific thing and let your vision expand up and down and side to side.
If you want to learn a simple tool to practice that will help you stay centered and calm this holiday, season, you can learn my favorite mindfulness reset tool here.
Step 2: Stop at Random Moments
Throughout the day, ask yourself ” Am I rushing? Am I overthinking? If you are going to fast, return to the task whether it’s cooking, talking, or shopping more slowly.
Pause. Reset and Proceed after taking 5 deep breaths.
To help me remember to practice I set alarms on my phone before family gatherings so it become more automatic to stop and check in.
Step 3: Take a Bathroom Break
Anytime you feel yourself getting irritated or annoyed, excuse yourself to the bathroom to get some space.
This isn’t avoidance.
This is CHOOSING not to participate in a conversation that doesn’t serve the highest good of all involved.
By you losing your cool, YOU put out a negative vibe.
We all need to be aware and be held responsible for the energy and thoughts we put out.
That means sometimes we need a break from challenging family members and tough conversations.
I like to take some deep breaths to get grounded, splash some cold water on my face, hands and wrists to stop my stress response and then go back to the gathering when I’m calmer.
**Bonus points if you get a chance to step outside for some fresh air to get grounded.
Many times I’ll leave something in the car on purpose, in case I need a little space from the craziness.
Setting firm boundaries and respecting our feelings when we feel stressed is crucial to better handling our response to stress.
There you have it 3 simple and easy ways to stress less and enjoy the holidays more mindfully.
If you want to learn all my favorite stress-relief tools and give the gift of stress-free living to your favorite mamas, check out my 7 Day Ditch Stress Detox self-study course.
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