It’s that time of year when stress can be overwhelming. Commitments to your business, your employees, and your clients are already at the top of your stress list. Now you have the added stress of the holidays, family, and friends. You’re over scheduled, there’s no time to shop and the daylight hours are shrinking until the winter solstice.

What’s the best way to deal with holiday stress? 4 simple words. TAKE CARE OF YOU.

What do you mean? When do I have time to take care of me?

You have to carve it out. If you don’t take care of you, your list of to-do’s will continue to feel overwhelming. Do you want to do that to yourself?

Of course not!

That’s what I thought.

How do I find the time?

Let’s start by taking a look at your schedule. Do you see any open areas you can use to de-stress?

No.

Seriously? Do you have time to shower? Brush your teeth? Believe me, there’s always time, and you need to make yourself a PRIORITY. Don’t get sucked into the vortex that is holiday stress. It’s not worth your mental health.

Okay, okay… I have 5 minutes between meetings. It’s my bathroom break.

PERFECT! Then you have a little time to de-stress. Go to the restroom, or another private place where you can find some quiet.  Sit down if you can, but it’s not required.

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Listen to your breath.
  3. Breathe slowly in and out.
  4. Do this for one minute or more.
  5. Clear your mind with each breath.

These are the basics of meditation and studies have shown meditation has profound positive effects for your health.

Another option is a walking meditation. It’s done the same way, but walking. Be sure to keep your eyes open! If you can do it outside in nature, even better!

 

I wish you Happy Holidays and a fabulous, less stressful New Year!

*Ann