How to Unwind After a Busy Holiday Season
Sure, the hustle and bustle of the holidays may be over, but another season is just beginning. Maybe more strenuous then the last….it’s engagement season! We know that the stats are out there: one-third of engagements happen between November and December. The next third occur in January through to Valentine’s Day. But all those November and December newly-engaged couples who were wrapped up in the holidays are now starting to plan. That means just when the tree is packed away, it’s time to put your game face on!
Well, where do you find the energy to capitalize on the season? It’s time to de-stress, take some R&R, and change your pace! Looking for some new ways to relax? Here are my top 5 tips for renewing your sense of spirit and your business mojo after the holidays!
Take a Walk
Even if you only have five minutes to spare, get up and take a quick stroll to gather your thoughts, get your blood flowing and release mood-boosting endorphins. During this time, skip Facebook and other electronic distractions. A breath of fresh air will reinvigorate you and help put everything in perspective.
Light a Lavender Candle
Don’t overlook the power of aromatherapy! Light a lavender candle right before bed to help relax and clear your mind. A study by researchers at the University of Miami followed brain activity with an EEG machine, finding that those who were subjected to lavender aromatherapy showed brainwaves associated with drowsiness. The subjects also felt less depressed and experienced a mood boost.
Pour Some Tea
Decaffeinated green tea is soothing because it contains theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation. Enjoy a delicious cup of tea to enjoy those calming benefits. However, avoid caffeinated versions because they can worsen stress. My favorite is Orange, Passionfruit & Jasmine Green Tea!
When you’re stressed you have low serotonin, a brain chemical that controls calmness. Sweet and starchy foods, such as chocolate, pretzels and ice cream, actually boost serotonin levels which in turn relaxes the body.
A trial published in the Journal of Proteome Research found that eating an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks helps to reduce levels of stress hormones. So keep in mind this isn’t permission to devour a few candy bars because you’re buried in work! I keep some Andes mints right on my desk for just that reason!
Take Deep Breaths
Only have one minute? Stop whatever you’re doing, close your eyes and focus on your breath as it goes in and out.
Whether it’s one technique or a combination, be sure to take a little extra care of yourself this time of year! In your personal life, you came off of a hectic time with family and friends; professionally you are in a make it or break it time for your calendar of events! Big deep breath…