HOW TO GET OFF THE ROLLER COASTER OF CHRISTMAS
— We experience feelings of pain and loss for those who live far away.
— We experience hurts and sadness from behaviors of those nearby.
— We experience increased pressure to “do it all” and “be jolly” while we do it.
— We experience increased financial pressure.
— We experience increased time/energy pressure.
— We experience increased commitment/activity pressure.
— We experience increased poor food choice temptations (which lead to mood/pain issues).
The bottom line is that while stressful activities increase, we’re not quick to balance them out with helpful relaxation and healing activities.
As always, balance is the key.
To stop the roller coaster lifestyle, schedule some or all of the following activities for the weeks ahead. Remember that if it’s not a scheduled priority, it doesn’t happen!
Practice deep breathing exercises
Pray (after all, isn’t that what this season is all about?)
Meditate – take time for yourself and your thoughts
Get a massage
Take a hot bath
Practice EFT or MTT
Make time for lunch or tea with a friend
Write a long gratitude letter to a friend or loved one
Exercise (within your personal limits) every day
Rest as needed – make a regular bedtime a priority
Be sure to have healthy/healing foods on hand
Forgive others for their shortcomings and most of all – forgive yourself!
What’s your favorite self-care activity? Tell me!