Are you feeling the holiday stress? There are more gifts to buy and get into the mail. The malls are crowded and the Seattle streets are so jammed that it takes 30 minutes to drive four blocks only to find that the parking ramps are full.
You are busy baking and cooking for parties and you are either getting the house ready for the family to arrive or you are getting packed to fight your way through airport security. Oh yes, and then there is that annoying issue of work. There are documents that have to be filed before year’s end in addition to the mandatory office party no one wants to attend. There is no time to exercise and dinner for the family is from the drive-thru.
Your muscles ache, you have a head ache and you crawl into bed exhausted only to toss and turn all night. Your fuse is short with your partner and kids. With the added fat, salt and sugar of the holiday foods mixed with the abundance of alcohol you don’t even think about stepping on the scale. It’s supposed to be the jolly time of year and you feel like bah humbug. The stress is killing you.
Stress is actually a good thing. It gives you a short burst of energy that gets you motivated and gets you moving. During stress, cortisol is released. In proper amounts, cortisol helps the body recharge, by offering a quick burst of energy for survival. It enhances disease resistance with increased immunity, fights inflammation and improves memory. But, in our high-stress culture, the body’s stress response is activated so often that it doesn’t have a chance to return to normal, producing chronic stress.
Chronic stress over time can lead to impaired cognitive performance, suppressed thyroid function, blood sugar imbalance, decreased bone density, higher blood pressure, lowered immunity and increased abdominal fat.
Sound familiar? There is another way. You really can relax and still be engaged in the hustle and bustle of the Holidays so that you can fully enjoy them.
You can use this quick stress reduction technique to help you relax and enjoy the Holidays: 1) Squeeze your thumb and forefinger together. 2) Inhale through your nose as you close your eyelids. 3) As you breathe out through your mouth, release your thumb and forefinger, open your eyelids and allow a wave of relaxation to flow over you.
This simple, basic stress reduction technique can be used when you are crawling South on I5 from Alderwood Mall towards downtown, just leave your eyelids open.
Using mindfulness hypnosis you can get out of the stress of traffic, crowds and too much to do. Did you know that self hypnosis is easy to learn, easy to use and that you can do it in as little as a minute? With hypnosis you can learn to quickly let go, relax and enjoy the Holidays even as life’s stressors are being hurled at you.
May your Holidays be filled with peaceful calm and great joy!