This time of year, people tend to be wound pretty tight. The intensity gains momentum as we move into December. My suggestion: slow down, and relax.
You may think this sounds crazy, so let’s analyze the facts:
- Stress causes LOTS of health problems and can sometimes make us cranky.
- When we feel rushed, we tend to make mistakes, forget important details and even get hurt.
- Sleep deprivation contributes to us being less productive in the long run, throws off our hormones, and has the potential to help us gain weight.
- We make poor food choices when we don’t plan ahead, giving us one more thing to feel guilty about.
- Our exercise routine is likely to get pushed aside because we think we are much too busy for self-care, when actually the exercise will help us feel better.
- Working, shopping, decorating, entertaining are all more enjoyable when we are able to go through the process in a calm, relaxed manner.
Whether you choose to be uptight or relaxed, time will pass just the same. Thanksgiving dinner will come and go whether you are a frazzled mess or lighthearted and calm. Everything will be ok, and it won’t be perfect.
Here are some ideas to help you RELAX your way into 2020:
- When you feel anxious, focus on your breathing. Take some slow, deep, breaths by breathing in for a count of four, holding for four, and exhaling for eight. Try to take breaths that go into your belly. Doing this little exercise for even a minute or two will allow you to drop into the present.
- Allow more time than you think you need for your tasks. By doing this, you won’t feel rushed and you might even enjoy the process.
- Plan a few minutes at the end of the day for quiet time. Do some light reading, listen to your favorite music, or sit and pet your dog.
- When you have lots to accomplish and feel stressed, ASK for help. Are there other members of your family who can run and pick up the item you forgot at the store, or wrap the last-minute gift? This small favor may give you a chance to sit for 5 minutes and breathe.
- Exercise when you think you don’t have time. You do have time and you will feel much better because you did.
- Do something fun that makes you happy.
If you need help sorting it out, let me know. We’ll create a plan for you to begin the New Year feeling great!
Blessings and love,
Health Coach Carol
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…Including you.” — Anne Lamott