How to Stay Serene and Centered During the Hectic Holiday Season

November 30, 2016 | western

The holidays are supposed to be a time for joy and celebration, but the season is also known to bring stress and anxiety. If you're looking for ways to center yourself and remember the reason for the season this winter, use these helpful tips for staying calm — even while battling holiday shopping crowds!

  • Focus on breathing. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed when thinking of everything you have to do, take some time to breathe. Close your eyes, clear your mind, and focus on inhaling and exhaling for a few breaths.
  • Start early. When it comes to planning your holiday festivities, the easiest way to beat stress is to start as early as possible. If you give yourself enough time, you'll actually enjoy tasks like planning a dinner menu, shopping for gifts, and decorating your home.
  • Spread some cheer. While you may feel stressed out, remember that everyone else is, too. Improve someone else's holiday season by being kind to retail employees, bringing some cookies into the office, and giving a holiday gift to your mail carriers.
  • Get outside. You don't want to miss the beautiful changing seasons by getting too wrapped up in holiday planning, so make some time to get outside for a morning hike or a cold weather jog through the neighborhood.

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