Southerners are known for doing everything on a large scale, especially the holidays. We're talking turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas trees (several theme trees throughout the house is a must...and don't forget the front yard, too!), holiday feasts, shopping, caroling, family gatherings, and parties galore.
much fun as this festive season can be, it can also bring on stress,
depression, and exhaustion. Even under the best of circumstances, the
last six weeks of the year can cause major anxiety. But it doesn't have
to! There's a number of things you can do to create peace, joy, and
Here are a few ways to enjoy the holidays and keep your stress to a minimum.
This is an excellent way to center yourself, connect to a higher power,
and gain a sense of peace. It doesn't cost a dime to pray, but you may
pay for it if you don't.
Ask for help-- Don't try to do
everything yourself. This is the season of giving, but it's also great
to receive. If you're blessed to have friends and family who want to
help you, bless them by receiving the blessing they want to extend to
Exercise-- It's estimated that most people gain 5 lbs.
during the holidays. Food, parties, and late night eating can expand
the waistline. Exercise can help take the pounds off and it can also
help to clear the mind and relieve stress.
Stress, along with cramming lots of activities into long days, can cause
tight muscles, which can lead to pain, headaches, and poor health.
Massage is a proven way to relieve pain and stress, and it's incredibly
soothing. Treat yourself to the good life and get a nice, long rub down!
Laughter is medicine for the sole! A good laugh can erase even the
worst of moods and can increase endorphins, giving you more energy to
enjoy the holidays.
Love from a distance-- Let's face it,
there are people who create stress in our lives, and some of them can be
people we love. If you encounter an obstacle or problem, the first
thing you try to do is remove it. Sometimes you have to take that
approach with people, too. Sometimes you have to learn how to love from a
distance. Surround yourself with positive people and positive things
that will keep stress at bay.
Take Vitamins-- Some people
take vitamins to boost energy, while others use them to replenish
specific nutrients they're missing from their diet, or, as a result of a
health condition. There's also vitamins that help relieve stress. Talk
to your doctor, local pharmacist, or naturopath
to find vitamins that will work for you. Valerian is a great, natural
herb that I love. You can take the capsule whole, or break it open and
make a tea. It calms, soothes, and relaxes.
the holiday season only comes once a year, so try to enjoy it! Life is
meant to be savored slowly and enjoyed in abundance. From me to you, I
wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving!
PS--Stay tuned for my "Southern Tips for A Relaxing Holiday Season"which will be filled with hilarious things that only Southerners do!