Now that we are in the festive season, you might find yourself in overwhelming and stressful situations with family, events, and gatherings. I wanted to help slow things down for you a bit and provide you with some tangible solutions to get you back into your body and finding calm again.
Stress Reduction and Boundaries
You might be thinking you have heard all of this before. Meditate, journal, and breath right? Well I wanted to simplify things for you. One of the quickest ways for you to find a decrease in your stress level is to set boundaries and maintain them. Easier said than done but here are some of my best tips on setting and holding boundaries:
- Say “no” in times when you feel the pressure to say “yes” but you do not want to.
- Lower other’s expectations of you during this season. Let them know you have a lot on your plate and you will have to get back to them.
- Take action from a place of high self worth instead of low self worth.
- Try to create space from those that may “ruffle your feathers” during the holidays.
- If you feel like someone is crossing your boundary threshold, communicate with them how you are feeling and that you would appreciate some space or time to reflect.
Having some of these boundary practices in place should help you feel less stress and create some distance between you and those situations that make you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed.
Top self care tips
1. Come from a place of love and compassion
When you pause and remind yourself that we are here to learn from one another and you can start to accept people for where they are at, you can start to come from a more loving and receptive place. When you open your heart to give and receive love, you are more likely to be in a state of acceptance and compassion for others. This can help reduce stress.
2. Get in nature
Find moments to get outside and be in nature. This helps reduce stress and calm your nervous system. Being in nature can help you get out of your head and into your body.
3. Find ways to move your body
When you take time to move your body, you can reduce your stress levels and help regulate your nervous system. Moving your body also helps you get out of your head, release endorphins, and calm anxiety.
4. Find space to meet your needs
When you try to meet everyone else’s needs except your own, you set yourself up for a high stress and overwhelming environment. Take time this season to create room for yourself and meet your own needs. It becomes difficult to care for others when you are not making time or space to care for yourself.
I hope that you have found these stress reduction tips to be helpful for this holiday season. Remember that you have the ability to create change and transformation in your life. Handling challenging seasons and situations with grace, compassion, and understanding set you up for success. When you feel good, others around you are more likely to feed off of that energy. Know that I am here as a resource for you.
I hope you have a relaxing and joyful holiday season. If you are looking for a community of support, sign up for my Mindbody Reset Community. As always, thank you for saving room for me in your inbox and I look forward to connecting with you further.