How to Relax During a Hectic Holiday Season

Its easy to get caught up in the commotion of the holiday season – rushing around buying gifts, visiting family, preparing big meals – it can be exhausting.

And sometimes the stress you feel during the holidays is just like finals week.

So here are some tips on how to relax:

Eat healthy
I know its difficult to eat right during the holidays, but too much sugar can make it difficult to relax. Try to eat balanced meals whenever possible.

Meditation
Take time every morning to meditate – especially before a busy day. Download the free relaxation mp3s (that I blogged about earlier) to help you stay focused and calm during meditation.

Sleep well
One way to keep your body in harmony is to stay on a consistent sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up during the same times you typically do. Take power naps if you need more rest throughout the day.

Take deep breaths
There are many benefits to breathing deeply in meditation, and one of them is to help you refresh your mind. I personally like Dr. Weil’s deep breathing exercises when I’m feeling tired:

1. Inhale through your nose for four seconds
2. Hold your breath for seven seconds
3. Exhale through tightly pursed lips, creating “back pressure,” for eight seconds.
4. Do this eight times, twice a day, everyday.

Go walk
Light exercise can help calm your mind and can help you stay stress-free during a hectic day. Try walking every morning.

Avoid negative people
People who are negative can cause you more stress. Try to stay around positive people whenever possible – and participate in activities that make you happy.