5 Quick Tips to Relax During the Holidays… And Any Other Time Too!

November and December can be very stressful for many people because their normal routine is often disrupted by holiday breaks, the kids being out of school, work schedule changes, party requests, diet changes, gift buying excitement or woes, grieving the loss of a loved one, strained relationships, holiday concerts, travel traffic… and the list could go on… and on… and on.

Let’s be honest… some of us thrive on the chaos of the season… and some of us get a bit overwhelmed.

Whether you are an extrovert and enjoy hopping from party to party and event to event or an introvert and you prefer to snuggle under the blanket by the fire and sip on hot cocoa with marshmallows while cherishing your “me time”, EVERYONE NEEDS TO RELAX!

Your body needs to rest and relax so that you can feel rejuvenated and refreshed. The old saying, “we all need a little R & R” is very true.

Rest and Relaxation Allows Your Body to Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally Unwind.

Your muscles shouldn’t be tense all the time.

Your brain should not be multi-tasking 24/7.

And, your heart needs to remember what resting heart rate feels like. FYI – normal resting heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute

Now, you may be telling yourself that you don’t have time to rest and relax because you “have too much stuff to do!”

Research says otherwise.

Research says that taking time to rest and relax will actually make you more productive.

If your body is on High-Alert all the time, you will Burn-Out.

There is a great book by Richard K. Biggs entitled Burning Bright Without Burning Out: Balancing Your Career with the Rest of Your Life– it’s a small book that packs a powerful punch about creating balance in your life. I read it years ago yet am still deeply impacted by it. I recommend it for anyone who is feeling a bit overwhelmed and wants to restore better balance between work and play. Perhaps you might use this book for Tip #5.

Speaking of tips, here are 5 Quick Tips to Restore a Little Rest and Relaxation

  • 1. Breathe Correctly: When you breathe in, your belly should go out and when you breathe out, your belly should go in – this is called Diaphragmatic Breathing. When you breathe using your diaphragm, you will inhale more oxygen which can help give you energy and mental clarity. If you breathe through your chest, then your breathing is shallower, and you get less oxygen into your body. Focus on deep breathing to improve your circulation and promote a sense of calm. Action Step: every 2 hours use diaphragmatic breathing for 10 breaths
  • 2. Take an Essential Oil Bath: A warm bath with pure essential oils like doTERRA Juniper Berry, Siberian Fir, and Lavender with Epsom Salts helps to ease muscle tension and promote overall feelings of relaxation. Action Step: select 1 night of the week to pamper yourself with an essential oil bath for 20 minutes
  • 3. Go For A Walk: Regardless of the weather, walking 20 minutes will increase your circulation, promote good joint and heart health, and help you to clear your head. Action Step: Select 2 days per week where you choose to walk for 20 minutes at your lunch break
  • 4. Go To Bed Early: Lack of sleep will destroy your mood and decrease your immune system. Most adults need 6-8 hours of sleep so their body can repair the stress and strain placed on it throughout the day. Action Step: Select 2 days per week where you go to bed 1 hour early
  • 5. Personal Development: Read a book (see my recommendation mentioned above), listen to a podcast, or watch a webinar that is helps you improve personally. You can choose to work on prioritizing your time better, improving your overall health, starting a work-out routine (I can definitely help you with this!), or growing your faith. It doesn’t matter – you choose to select a topic that you are personally interested in learning more about. You are choosing to work on you so that you can improve your quality of life. Action Step: Decide today what you are interested in and find a book, podcast, or webinar that helps you learn and grow

Now, take a deep breath and enjoy some R & R!

To Your Best Health,

Dr. Jeanette

P.S. If you want to start a conversation to learn more about how to improve your overall health, I encourage you to schedule a telephone conversation with me by clicking the button below, emailing me at [email protected], or calling me at 262-358-6730.

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