Create Peace this Holiday Season

For most people, the holiday season is a stressful time of year.  It’s not so much that the season stresses people out.  Rather, the number of things to do, places to go, parties to attend, errands to run, friends and family to buy for, wrap for and cook for (oh! And work…) all get jam-packed into a very short five weeks. 

The opposite of being stressed is not ‘not being stressed’.  The opposite of stressed is being at peace. 

Stress is draining.  Peace is energizing.  Stress is overwhelming.  Peace is calming.  So here are a few ideas for creating more peace in your life during this holiday season.

 1.    Create 5 minutes each day for yourself.  Whether that’s during your morning coffee, an afternoon walk in the sunshine, or a quick soak in the hot tub.  This is not a time for planning all the other things that need to happen.  Rather a time for decompressing, deep breathing, and relaxing.

2.    Plan your day.  Rather than being frantic, a few minutes of planning at the beginning of the day, or beginning of the week, will optimize your energy expenditure – leaving some left over for you!

3.    Take your vitamins.  These essential nutrients help your body to function more efficiently.  With so much to do this season, efficiency is a must in all categories!

4.    Sleep 6-8 hours per night.  Quality is just as important as quantity.  Sleep is your re-set button.  When you’re sleeping, your body is repairing, restoring, and re-energizing!

5.    Write down three things you’re grateful for.  Being grateful changes your brain chemistry out of a stressed state into a peaceful state.  Jot them in your phone’s notes section or start a Word document.  Writing them down allows you to visually appreciate the blessings in your life.

6.    Get adjusted.  Chiropractic adjustments optimize your body’s energy and resources.  Think of it as turning up the volume on life.  You’re functioning more efficiently internally, allowing you to glide through the day’s requirements and activities, and have more fun!

What if, this year, you were actually able to enjoy the holiday season?  What if, you still got all the work, errands, presents, and parties accomplished and still had energy at the end of the day? 

Use these tips and create your own ways to find peace the season.  You’ll get more out of each day and enjoy the holidays!!