Ready or stressed out for the Holiday Season? Breathe.

Is that time of the year again! Holidays are approaching and with the season, we often feel overwhelmed, stressed out and end up overindulging in food & drinks. During this week I share my top tips to keep you on the top of your health and wellness while you enjoy the Holiday Season. From today to the party time and afterwards, simple and effective things anyone can do to have fun and support your health as a whole. Here is how I start:

  1. Awareness: take few seconds daily and ask yourself how you feel at the moment, acknowledging your emotions. Scan your body and check how you feel physically, from head to toes. Pay attention to any tight spots, pain, sensations. Most of us are so much on the auto pilot, that we don’t even notice how much we are stressed out, but the thing is: if you are not aware, how can you make it better? So let’s start with these daily moments of awareness.
  2. Breathe: in thought your nose, slowly, expanding your belly so you expand your lungs as much as you can, little pause then exhale with relief through your mouth and let it go all the tension and worries that you identified on the previous step by scanning your body. Take at least 5 deep, slow, paused breaths in and out through your nose or try alternating nostril breathing. It is quick, easy, simple, free and you can do it anywhere! Probably that’s why many people underestimate the power of controlled breathing. Science says that this type of breathing stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, that improves your digestion among other things, and has a soothing effect counter balancing your sympathetic nervous system activated by stress.
  3. Essential Oils: Another trick I like to add is the use of essential oils. Besides its own therapeutic properties, if you diffuse the same oil often enough during your breathing exercises, your brain will associate that scent with relaxation, so during the chaotic days you can carry that specific oil with you and anytime you need inhale and relax. For this soothing effect my favorite ones are frankincense, lavender and geranium.
  4. Reminders: within our busy lives, it’s hard to put time aside for these simple techniques, when you notice the day is over in a blink. Set an alarm as a reminder to check in with yourself, scan and breathe.

If you have time and is keen, yoga and meditation can make wonders! But since most of us are already overwhelmed, I wanted to share what is the most simple and effective to put in practice. Does it seems to simple? Be curious and try for a couple of days, let me know how you feel and if it makes a difference for you. It makes for me.

Next we will talk about getting ready for the party – What can you do to minimize overindulging?

Happy Holidays!

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