The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for many of us, it can also be a time of #holidaystress and overwhelm. If you are feeling overwhelmed and in need of some stress-relief strategies, here are five simple techniques you can try:
Practice #selfhypnosis: Self hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation and focus, and it can be a powerful tool for calming the mind and reducing stress. To practice self hypnosis, simply find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Focus on a word or phrase that has a calming effect on you, such as "relax" or "peace," and repeat it to yourself in your mind. As you do this, allow your body to relax and let go of any tension or stress.
Use #breathingtechniques: One simple technique is to take two deep breaths in through your nostrils, followed by a slow exhalation through your mouth, like a sigh. Allow the exhalation to be longer than the inhalations, and repeat this pattern several times throughout the day. This can help to reset your central nervous system and bring a sense of #relaxation and #mindfulness to your body and mind.
Find ways to relax and unwind: The holiday season can be a busy and hectic time, so it is important to make time for relaxation and self-care. Consider activities that help you to unwind, such as listening to calming music, taking a warm bath, or spending time in nature. You can also check out my website, Meredith McCarthy (https://www.meredithmccarthy.com/), where you will find a variety of relaxing MP3s that are free to listen to. These audio recordings can help you to relax and unwind, and can be a great tool to have on hand during this busy time of year.
Set boundaries and priorities: It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but it is important to set boundaries and prioritize what is most important to you. Don't be afraid to say no to invitations or activities that don't align with your values or goals.
Seek support: If you are feeling overwhelmed or in need of additional support, don't be afraid to reach out to friends, family, or a mental health professional for help. You don't have to face the holiday season alone, and seeking support can be a powerful way to reduce stress and find greater peace and joy during this festive time of year.