by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
The holidays are just around the corner and for many of us, the winter season means extra food and drinks and finding the time for decorating, shopping, gift wrapping, office parties, travelling, and getting together with friends and family.
Although the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” getting caught up in the spirit of the holiday season can also be very stressful, especially if you add snow storms and winter driving to the list.
Many of my clients ask me, ‘is there a way to enjoy the holiday season without feeling stressed, tired, and overwhelmed?’
The answer is ‘yes.’ Yes, it is possible to maintain your health and well-being and not get stressed out during the festive holiday season.
So, if you have concerns like:
• How can I better manage my stress during this busy time of year?
• How can I stick to my eating plan when everywhere I look, I see cookies and chocolates and all kinds of delicious treats? and
• How do I get along better with my extended family and enjoy our visits?…
Here are 9 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays
1. Get some wellness coaching
With a few sessions with a wellness coach, you will reduce stress, stay on top of your to-do list, make a plan to eat well, and have better relationships with your friends, co-workers, and family members. It’s about navigating the waters rather than getting caught up in the current. Working with a wellness coach will help you glide through the holidays with finesse and start the new year off on the right foot.
2. Drink lots of water, hot lemon water, coconut water, and clear herbal tea
Staying hydrated will help you:
- maintain your energy and not become fatigued,
- stay warmer on those chilly days,
- boost your immune system and reduce the chance of catching a cold or flu,
- control your appetite,
- avoid gaining some extra pounds,
- and better digest those rich foods you’ll find at holiday parties.
So, instead of drinking too much caffeine or alcohol during this festive season, drink a glass of coconut water or a mug of hot lemon water or herbal tea, whenever you can.
3. Sniff away your stress with aromatherapy
My favourite scent during this time of year is Cinnamon & Clove essential oil. It’s like holiday baking without the calories and lends a homey, comforting, and warming note to any room.
4. Give yourself a Reflexology foot massage
Often, stress shows up in our neck and shoulders. One day, I realized that the words “should” and “shoulders” are related and many of us carry our shoulds on our shoulders, like painful burdens. With Reflexology, you can work your own shoulders by massaging the acupressure points on the area just under the baby toes on the soles of your feet.
5. Wear gemstone jewellery
December is a great time of year to wear your best gemstone jewellery! I love gemstones because they’re so pretty! I love having them in my energy field and for the festive season, I recommend silvery-black hematite for stress and dark red garnet for love and joy.
6. Take a moment to breathe and be grateful
Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed or just need a little break from the hustle and bustle of your day, take a few deep breaths through your nose and out through your mouth to ground yourself. As you’re breathing slowly, think of things you’re grateful for. This will help you switch your focus to more positive thoughts.
7. Spend some time outside
Go outside and get some fresh air. It’s invigorating and will help clear your mind.
8. Lend a helping hand
Earlier this morning, I shoveled my driveway after a big snowfall (see #7) and after I was finished, I helped my next door neighbours with theirs. It felt really good to pitch in and help someone out.
9. Call Homespunspa Mobile Spa
I know it seems counter-intuitive to book yet another appointment during this busy time of year, especially for something like a massage where you can’t multi-task. However, it’s important to continue practicing your self-care and take the time to top up your own tank so that you can keep up with the demands on your time and energy. There’s also nothing more healing than therapeutic touch. Luckily, as a mobile spa, we come to you and will give you relaxing spa services in your very own home. We offer massages, manicures, pedicures, and facials to help people relax, look better, and feel better.
To schedule an appointment for mobile spa services and wellness coaching, please call Maria @ 250-812-3487 or email: email@example.com.
I hope these 9 tips will help you reduce and even avoid stress over the holidays. If you have any tips to share, feel free to add your comments about minimizing stress below. Thanks!