The holidays are the busiest time of the year for many. Including myself. It's easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. From entertaining guests, cooking, cleaning to shopping for gifts, it can all be too much.
Here are 5 simple ways to relax and recharge.
One of my favorite things to do is write, especially in my Five Minute Journal- and all it takes, you guessed it, 5 mins!
I write down three things I'm thankful for first thing in the morning, as well as three intentions I have for the day. I noticed that focusing more on my blessings rather than the things I can't control, helps me improve my outlook for the day. Research has shown that by simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.
Most people are under the impression that you need to set a lot of time aside or have a special space to meditate. Although you certainly can, just 5 mins a day can also be just as beneficial. Whenever I need to take a mental break, I stop whatever I'm doing, put a quick timer on and just close my eyes. It's hard to believe that only 5 mins can change your whole outlook, but it can.
TAKE A GRATITUDE WALK:
I love walking! Whether for exercise or exploring a new place when I travel. There is nothing like breathing in fresh air. Taking a quick stroll around the block will deliver the benefits of alone time, physical activity, and a few minutes to gather your thoughts! I love reflecting and going over my goals during my little walk break.
LISTEN TO MUSIC:
Studies have shown that listening to soothing music can relax your mind and body. But in my opinion, listening to any kind of music you like works just fine. Your favorite song can be a quick fix for a bad or stress out mood.
TAKE A COFFEE BREAK:
Did you know that just the odor of coffee can help reduce stress hormones? I recently started drinking coffee in the afternoons either to pick me up or relax me. I think finding the right blend is important not only for the taste but also the benefits it delivers.
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