Overcome post-holiday stress

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Holiday stress

Holiday parties and events, family gatherings, decorating, cooking and baking… your schedule has probably been jam-packed the last couple weeks (or months) and you may be feeling less than jolly because of it.

Seasonal stress is common, and with so many items on our to-do list, it’s no wonder we’re ready to collapse by the time mid-January rolls around. But who wants to start the new year already feeling worn down and exhausted? The key is carving out time to take care of ourselves, every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Do what you can to make yourself and your care a priority.

We all know the saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup,” and it’s true.

There are some things we can do to relieve the stress of the holidays, and they’re easy to incorporate into busy days! Add each of these 3 techniques to your day to have you feeling ready to take on the new year in no time.

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3 tips to overcome post-holiday stress

1. Breathe

It might seem obvious, but we tend to hold our breath when we’re feeling stressed or anxious. Practice simple breathing techniques to calm your mind, and reap the benefits of an engaged cardiovascular system. Try this simple practice: Inhale to the count of 5, hold your breath to the count of 5 (or less if it’s a struggle), exhale to the count of 5. Repeat for 10 cycles, or more.

 2. Yoga

Yoga doesn’t always need to be intense! In fact, a yin practice or gentle flow can sometimes support a taxed immune system better than a strong practice. Consider what your body and mind need to relax and restore, and move your body accordingly. C[1] heck out these 3 easy stretches to release tension, no matter where you are or what your day brings.

3. Rest

Don’t forget to get enough rest and drink enough water! Overindulgence during the holidays is common, so maintaining some healthy habits (without being restrictive) will help keep you feeling your best when things get chaotic.

Start 2022 off feeling fresh

Give yourself some grace after the holidays. Set appropriate boundaries, and take the time to recharge before you dive into what 2022 brings. Remember that we naturally want to move at a slower pace during the cold and dark winter months, so embrace the season in ways that support you.

Have any questions? Send me a message.

Guest writer: Rachel Henry

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