Want less stress in your life?
We all do.
The reality is the holiday season can be stressful.
People stress about all kinds of things.
Stressing about the money they’re spending, the weight they’re gaining, and how little sleep they’re getting. The list goes on and on.
We’ve all been there.
It’s just “no big deal, nothing to see here, I’m just on the verge of losing it”.
How about starting the New Year with less stress?
Here are 5 Tips for Less Stress This Holiday Season:
1. Talk it out.
Tell a friend or your partner if you are going through a hard time and stop pretending like you have it together.
Be honest with those around you and let them know that you’re feeling overwhelmed and need support. Even your coworkers may be amazingly attentive and understanding during difficult times.
2. Take the time to surround yourself with people who lift you up.
You know those wonderful people in your life who are a joy to be around? Find them and keep them close.
These people make great companions during stressful times because they don’t add stress to your life.
So go ahead and detox the negative people out of your life. You know who I’m talking about. Complainers and gossipers, it’s time to move aside.
3. Snuggle (and do lots of it).
I’m convinced that cuddling is amazing medicine.
Maybe that’s why professional cuddlers are becoming a thing now.
Take the time to cuddle with your loved ones. You may notice that you’re significantly happier after cuddling. This is thanks to the love hormone ‘oxytocin’ that gets released.
4. Don’t dwell on the negative.
Move forward. Let go. And trust life.
Many people recount every detail of their problems when going through stressful times. This causes them to dwell on the negative and forget all the good that surrounds them.
Practice visualization and imagine stress being left behind.
5. Embrace solitude.
If you don’t love spending time alone, make this the year that you embrace it.
It’s important to spend time with yourself to reflect, connect, and ground yourself. However extroverted you may think you are, all of us need time alone to reflect and re-charge.
Only when we have silence can we really hear ourselves and connect with our body. Schedule time for a solo walk or curl up with a cup of tea.
Maybe it’s time to get to know yourself better.
These tips may help you unwind, relax, and de-stress.
Make this year the year to serve your highest good and be the best version of you.