Stress Relief – How to Relax and Enjoy the Holidays
December 9, 2017
December is filled with too much of everything. Too much to do. Too many people to see and events to attend.
Let me make a case for minimizing pressure and heightened expectations, and giving yourself the chance to enjoy the parties and holiday spirit.
6 ways to slow down your brain and body
A chiropractic adjustment - you could have foreseen this one. With December’s reduced daylight and heavier schedules, your immunity is under strain. And then there's your tense neck, shoulders and back. Make time for a boost of calmness, stress-reduction and immune strengthening. Come on in and get a tune-up.
Deep breathing – even a few minutes of deep breathing slows your heartbeat, decreases blood pressure and triggers your relaxation response. Try it in line at the store, at your desk or in your car. And for three simple guided breathing exercises to support mind and body destressing, see this WebMD article.
Walk - get outside and walk for 20 to 30 minutes, every day if you can. This helps you connect with nature and loosen up the body.
Mindful consumption – we tend to eat more sugar and drink more alcohol during the holidays. Overdoing causes stress to the body and lowers immunity, so pay attention and aim for moderation.
Opt out of family stresses – give yourself permission to let family conflicts roll off your back. Being conscious of emotional triggers will help you avoid overreacting.
Music - if you’ve had enough holiday music, try the soothing radio program I listen to—Hearts of Space. The weekly show, which they call slow music for fast times, has been on KPFA since the ‘70s. You can subscribe to their app and listen any time. Download at iTunes or the Android app store.
PS A reminder about your outdoor activities, including tennis—now that it’s colder, you need to stretch and warm up your muscles more than ever. Plan an extra 10 to 20 minutes to warm up before you get started.
Contact me to get on my schedule. And have a very happy, healthy holiday season!