Stress is a natural occurrence. It’s impossible to eliminate, but an overabundance can reek havoc on your physical and emotional health. Developing a natural way to relieve stress and manage it, as much as possible, is key to reaching and maintaining overall wellness.
Determine what causes you stress. Is it work, family gatherings and obligations, shopping for the “right” gift, travel, work, or etc? Spend some time analyzing the things that make you feel anxious. Consider writing them down and reflecting on them.
STRESS INDUCED ACTIVITIES
What self sabotaging activities do you engage in when you’re feeling stressed out? Do you engage in any of the following, or some other activity: eating, drinking, yelling, binge watching the Hallmark channel, shopping, or sleeping? Bring awareness to how you react to stress and how it affects you.
WAYS TO ALLEVIATE STRESS
There are a variety of actions you can take to handle unwanted stress. Below are a few suggestions but ultimately you need to decide what works best for you.
USE ESSENTIAL OILS TO SUPPORT EMOTIONS
There are scents that can make you feel calm and relaxed. Diffuse oils, apply topically, or add them to a bath.
Make time in your schedule to exercise, preferably 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes. It will help you feel better both mentally and physically. Find a partner if that will help you establish a routine and stick to it.
Assess all work and personal obligations. Add activities, you must do, and events, you have to attend, to your calendar. Review all other events and invitations you receive. Decide which additional ones you’ll attend. Don’t be afraid to say no. You don’t need to go to every single one. People will understand. Don’t spread yourself too thin. You may end up overextended and sick besides experiencing added stress.
Heighten self awareness and be mindful as you journey through each and every day. Take a proactive and intentional approach to your health during the holidays and always. You will feel better both mentally and physically and experience a greater sense of balance in your life.