Thanksgiving is this week, which is not only a time for showing our gratitude but also for family, fun, food, and football! Thanksgiving also signifies kicking the holidays into full gear, along with which comes a massive amount of stress for most of us. Many of us rush around in an overwhelmed panic trying to cross everything off our lists and get the perfect holiday gifts for our loved ones. I’d like to share some tips with you for when you’re feeling overwhelmed this holiday season:
1. Much of the stress we feel is a result of our own thoughts, so if we can think ourselves into a stressful state, we can think ourselves into relaxation. Some Declarations that are helpful are: “I am now calm and cool under all circumstances; I am in control of my life; I now can let go and relax; I am in control of all my thoughts and actions; I am very effective and efficient in stressful situations. I love and honor myself; I have a positive attitude that I can handle myself in all situations.” Take the time to listen to an emotionally rewarding and uplifting CD program that reminds you of your personal power. Exercise is also another positive way to change your mood and it has long-term benefits.
2. Try to get to a place where you can be alone. Imagine yourself in your favorite place or a quiet, peaceful location such as in a forest, on the top of a mountain or by the waterfront — a mental Shangri-la. The University of Delaware has done studies proving that imagining a quiet natural scene in your mind will significantly reduce your stress.
3. Another way to gain control over your emotions is to simply breathe deeply several times. When your heart is beating too fast because of anxious feelings, controlled breathing slows your heart and allows you to feel in control again. Breathing is also an effective form of muscle relaxation.
4. Give yourself permission to have some positive personal rewards; anything that empowers you to feel like you are special! Always keep in mind that bad days don’t last. Empower yourself not to let your state of mind control you — you always control your emotions with your thoughts. Remember to love yourself.
5. One of the great things to do in life when dealing with stress is to look forward to the future and what wonderful adventures you can experience and create for yourself and your family.
6. Be Grateful for what is good in your life right now. There is nothing like Gratitude to remind you that no matter how stressful your day is right now, you still have positive things in your life. The more we focus on what is good in our life, the less time we have to focus on what we are unhappy about. The truth is, no matter how bad your day is, someone else in the world would look at you as being lucky.
We must realize that the way to being happy is to look for what is good in our life. The universal truth of life is this: What you focus on expands. Be conscious enough to focus on the blessings you have in life.
Blessings to you,