It’s that time of the year, the Christmas Crazy is jingling it’s way into our life. Of course the spirit of the festive season is joy and peace however, I have no doubt throughout this time, we have all experienced feelings of stress and overwhelm!
Stress is a normal part of life. Short term stress can be useful and even necessary to focus on tasks. It is when we are in long-term ‘stress mode’ that the body becomes depleted. The blood flows to the hind brain where our body is in a state of ‘fight or flight’; whereas in a peaceful state, blood flow to the front of the brain and entire body. This zone where our parasympathetic nervous system is running the show so our bodies can repair and replenish. For health and healing, we must be in a non-stress state for the majority of the time.
The most direct way to shift into a non-stress state is with the breath. Read more about that below along with some simple, back-to-basics ways to Calm the Crazy this Christmas ..
Christmas Chill Checklist:
- Take 20 deep breaths – So simple and even obvious yet, the benefits of deep breathing is often forgotten. Deep, full diaphragmatic breaths give us direct access to the parasympathetic nervous system, the zone where the nervous system can relax. This way stress levels can begin to diminish so we can go calmly about about Christmas shopping.
- Movement – Getting active and working up a sweat is a fantastic stress release. Activities like yoga, qigong and tai chi are restorative practices too. Choose movement you love to induce feeling of wellbeing and peace.
- Mindset – If you find yourself in a spiral of negative thinking start to switch it by slowly reaching for good feelings thoughts. Go general. Citing positive affirmations when you’re feeling low only creates more resistance.. start slow with believable statements. For example: It is nice that the sun is out today. Abraham Hicks offers endless tips on shifting your thoughts and, raising your vibration (you’ll find a load of AH videos on You Tube).
- Quality Nutrients – Magnesium, Vitamin C and Zinc are key to feeling emotionally balanced. Include these vital minerals in your diet to support your immune health and nervous system. This will promote good feelings!
- Say ‘NO’! People pleasing and saying ‘Yes’ when you really mean ‘No’, only ends in burn out and resentment. Place clear and loving boundaries on your time and energy. Get on the ‘No’ train!
- Essential Oils – Essential Oils can work to build positive neural pathways. Introducing a positive trigger, like a specific aroma, can encourage the brain to choose a positive response. Frankincense promotes feelings of peace and overall wellness when used aromatically. Take a bottle with you while doing the Christmas shopping and sniff to keep the Christmas Crazy away.