Self Help Tips During the Holidays Pt. 3
Self Help Tips Pt. 3
23 tips to help combat the Holiday Blues
Start each day by creating a to-do list with tasks ranked in order of priority. Methodically proceed through each task with your undivided attention, and refrain from multitasking. If something comes about, revise your to-do list and continue on. You may notice how quickly you are distracted from your priorities, but honor your list and keep on track. This may take practice but learning to avoid these distractions will dramatically reduce stress and increase productivity throughout your day.
Finding ways to relax at any time of the year is imperative to your mental and physical health. Let go of all the worries, tensions, and stress and indulge yourself in some ‘me time‘ for a few minutes each day (I know it is easier said than done). Relaxation slows the heart rate, increases blood flow, and helps you achieve a clear and calm mind. Every individual has their unique way of indulging in their ‘me time,’ but here are some relaxing techniques and activities to try; meditation, yoga, deep breathing, reading, writing, knitting, sewing, listening to calm and quiet music, and walking in nature.
Your body depends on sunlight to manufacture Vitamin D – an essential hormone that regulates cell growth and prevents a host of illness and alignments including depression. Vitamin D triggers elevated levels of ‘feel good’ hormones like beta-endorphins and serotonin. When Vitamin D is deficient, you are likely to experience bouts of depression and other debilitating alignments such as muscle and joint pain and in some cases cancer. During the Winter months or if you live in colder climates might find it hard to obtain enough Vitamin D. In such cases supplementing with Vitamin D (I use LiveWise Naturals) can be extremely useful in maintaining healthy levels throughout the year.
Unfortunately, our fast-paced American culture stigmatizes afternoon cat naps. Truth be told, brief naps are an effective way to catch up on REM and non-REM sleep cycle deficiencies from our imperfect sleep patterns. An afternoon nap between 20-30 minutes is sufficient enough to combat nervous system fatigue by recalibrating the brains sodium:potassium ratio.
Positive thinking helps you be healthier, more productive, and ultimately a happier person. For most of us, it’s hard to project positivity when you are regularly consumed by your negative thoughts and practices. Your thoughts whether positive or negative will attract similar frequencies into your life. In other words; negative thoughts = negative energy and positive thoughts = positive energy. If you go into a situation with a negative thought process, then you are most likely destined to have an adverse outcome. To overcome the domino effect of negativity, it is best to approach any unpleasant situations more positively, and often this is achieved by self-talk.
Multitasking has been proven to hamper productivity and will actually slow you down. It leaves the brain fatigued and affects your ability to concentrate, control memory, and maintain sustained focus. Likewise, your creativity and attention span suffer. Reject the tendency to multitask and instead focus on a single task while staying entirely in the present moment.
Play isn’t just for kids. Play reduces stress and contributes to your overall mental and physical health. Neglecting the impulse for unstructured play narrows your perspective and wreaks havoc on your physical and emotional well-being. Take 5-10 minutes each day to let loose, laugh, connect, and bond during a fun unstructured activity. Play ball, kick the can, have a race, or merely play tag with the kids or grandkids.
Be consistent in everything you do. Fully dedicate yourself to a task, activity, or goal without distraction. Being consistent requires a long-term commitment to one’s self. Always keep your word and follow through with what you set out to do. Consistency is all about your ability to be dependable, reliable, and responsible for your choices, decisions, and actions.
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