With finals behind us and the holiday season before us, it’s time to unwind! The holiday season is perhaps the best time of year, but it can also be some of the most stressful: last minute gifts, delayed flights, stormy weather…. You get the picture, but now that you’re home, cherish the times you have while you’re there. And use the time to de-stress, re-focus and rejuvenate yourself.
Here are 5 suggested ways to de-stress this holiday season:
- If you’re alone, typing away at your computer or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed… STOP! Put your device down, take your hands away from the keys and walk away. Find someone, new or dear, in the area and start-up a conversation. It will help keep our eyes, mind, body and soul running.
- Home cooked meals are the best, but after all the eating we can start to feel tired and weary. Instead of potentially worrying about the weight you’re gaining or how much you ate, replace those thoughts with a plan to keep up your energy levels in simple ways. One quick idea is to drop to the floor and do 15 sit ups. Don’t say, I’ll do it tomorrow: sit ups are easy and can be done anywhere!
- Feel unproductive or unsure? Consider your goals for the coming semester. Get a blank piece of paper and write them all out. It’s important to get the thoughts out of your head and on to paper. Keeping those ideas cooped up can distract you from living in the present.
- Don’t feel empowered? Read beautiful quotes and stories online or in a book. They help you get in touch with your inner inspiration.
- Nothing’s seems to be going your way? The best cure is to sit completely still. Simply focus on breathing. Let the thoughts run through your mind and slowly tell yourself, “Right now. Today. Right Now. Today. Right Now.” By doing this you will start to reel yourself back to the core of this moment. Then, get up and go about your day refreshed and refocused!
Whichever tips you decide to undertake, always remember, “If you are unhappy, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Be present; it’ll be my gift to you! Have a beautiful holiday season. We’ll be back in 2013!
- Cynthia Hass, SMG 2015