Managing Holiday Stress

    Managing Holiday Stress

    1) SMILE – Increases  Serotonin (feel-good hormone) for you and the recipient! Improves you Immune System and Wellness

    2)Meditate – actually changes your brain for increased Happiness. Twice a day for 10 minutes each keeps Cortisol reduced. Deep breathing calms your body and you think clearer. Focus on a word or mantra – “I AM too Blessed to be stressed”. Can do walking Meditation (Meditation Evening first Thurs. of every month in ReikiSpace).

    3) Gratitude- cultivates Happiness. Physiologically impossible to be stressed and grateful at the same time. Gratitude Journal- 3-5 things every morning and evening. Floods us with endorphins which energize us and enhance our health

    4)Random acts of Kindness – Doing nice things for others increases our own Happiness. What you extend to others you get back 10 fold.

    5) Socializing/Social Support

    6) Creative outlets – journaling, Art

    7)Music- health and stress benefits

    8)Laughter- reduces stress hormones, increases endorphins, strengthens immune system, increases energy and reduces fatigue. Fun/ Play/ Share your Joy! Keep things in perspective!

    9)Setting Boundaries and Priorities – Address problems rather than being negative or complaining. Honor your core values. Learn to say NO. Offer a  solution- Visualize and help create it. Wayne Dyer says “You’ll see it when you Believe it”

    If angry ask: a) Is it worth it? b) Is my anger appropriate c) Is there something I can do about it? d) Is it worth it?. If YES – express in a healthy way

    10) Eat Breakfast. Skipping breakfast increases Cortisol for the entire day.

    11) Exercise

    12) Get help- talk about it

    13) Relaxation Exercises

    14) Be Positive

    15) BREATHE

    16) Self care is not Selfish! Filling yourself up allows you to  share from a Healthy place so you won’t feel drained, burned out or resentful.

    17) DO LESS- You DO have a Choice!

    18) REIKI ~ Peaceful , Relaxing, Centering, Balancing, Grounding