Next week is Thanksgiving…..YIKES! Then only a little over four weeks until Christmas! Are you stressed yet???
I know some of you are those organized types who are already done shopping, I’ve never been that good. I’m starting to think about it but it’s not on the “list” yet.
When I worked full time and had kids at home my anxiety levels where extremely high during this time of year. Did you know over 3.3 million American adults suffer with anxiety? This can be a mild form all the way to panic attacks which are debilitating. This time of year EMS and law enforcement see more domestic violence and suicides than any other time of year. Personally, I think the pressure of having to be “happy” and “joyful” as all the advertisers say we should be, can make us think somethings wrong with us if we don’t fit the media’s message and picture.
Fortunately we are blessed to be in a very low stress situation and love being with our family during the Holidays but I know that’s not so for everyone. On top of the pressure of Christmas shopping you guys have Holiday parties, office parties, church programs, kids school programs and that’s on top of every day life! Let me share a couple things that might help you cope during this time of year.
6 Tips to Reduce Holiday Anxiety
1. BREATHE! That sounds TOO simple doesn’t it, but it can be profound. This type of breathing I’m going to share is used in the military and law enforcement. There is scientific evidence to show this brings your heart rate down, calms the brain and reduces blood pressure.
Breath in for a count of 4….hold for a count of 4…..breath out for a count of 4….wait for a count of 4 before breathing in again. Repeat for five times. Try it, it works!
2. BE PRESENT! If we really stop and think we are usually thinking about the PAST or the FUTURE. Being in the PRESENT is challenging but here is an exercise you can use. To do this, bring all of your attention into your feet — this will help bring your awareness out of your head and into your body, anchoring you and keeping you grounded. Now feel the sensations in your feet. Feel the blood pumping through your veins. Feel your bones and toes. Whenever your “other mind” wants to pull you out of the moment, simply let the thought go and bring your attention back to your feet. You can do this while practicing the breathing technique as well. Do this as many times a day as necessary to help you staying PRESENT.
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3. DITCH SUGAR! Studies have shown a correlation between unhealthy eating and high anxiety and stress. Guess what we crave when we’re stressed?? SUGAR AND CARBS! We are “feeding our brain” which uses a huge amount of glucose. If you are anxious, try to stay away from things like sugar, gluten, dairy, soft drink, candy, coffee and processed junk foods. Instead, add in more grounding and wholesome foods like root vegetables, coconut oil, green leafy vegetables, grass-fed and grass-finished meats. These foods are going to stabilize your blood sugar and level out your mood.
4. CALCIUM/MAGNESIUM! You have a sheath surrounding your nerves that needs to be nourished with calcium and magnesium. Taking a high quality calcium/magnesium supplement prior to bed can be very calming. I highly recommend you use a “chelated” form for better absorption at a dosage of 500mg calcium 250mg magnesium to start. EPSOM SALT baths are a fantastic way to get magnesium into the body and are very detoxing and calming especially before bed. Add some Lavender Essential Oil and you will sleep like a baby!
5. CORTITROL! This is my TOP PICK for reducing Cortisol in the body. Cortisol is released by the adrenal glands when we are under stress. It floods the body and the brain, causes lack of focus, overwhelming feelings, increased heart rate and weight gain (ugh :-(…….I can take two Cortitrol and in thirty minutes “feel” my body releasing Cortisol and calming the system. Learn more here…..Reduce Stress!
5. EXERCISE! Physical activity releases endorphins (the happy hormones) which help increase happiness and reduce cortisol (the stress hormone). As soon as you start to feel the anxiety come on, go for a walk in nature, do some yoga outside or take a walk around the block or office. Exercise has an immediate effect on your anxiety levels!
My hope for you…
My hope for you is that you DO get to enjoy the Holiday’s and your stress levels do not steal your joy. Put yourself first, not last. When it comes to self-care “just do it”, your no good to anyone if your totally stressed out!
Hugs from Arizona where the weather is spectacular 🙂
P.S. I’m still running my Holiday special “10 Day Clean Eating Challenge”. This would be great to do after Thanksgiving and to keep those sugar monsters under control 🙂 Eat Clean Challenge
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