Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Values
Welcome to all the new mysilentscream readers who joined us yesterday!
Here are a few holiday stress-busting suggestions:
Take a warm bath or a long relaxing shower.
Take a walk. Bundle up with a buddy and get your body moving. Walk outside. Look around.
Take a five deep relaxing breaths. Exhale slowly.
Take a nap. Nap – not to hide from your responsibilities, but to retreat, recharge and recover.
Take a break.
– Take a break, even if it’s five minutes of privacy behind a closed bathroom door.
– Take a break, even when you have things “hanging over your head.”
– Take a break, even though you might get everything done perfectly
– Take a break, but not so long it makes finishing what you should do from getting done.
Note: Too often lazy people take breaks and overly responsible people don’t. Reverse that trend.
Take time to laugh and have fun. I have found that caring about others. Giving my time and talents to others without expecting something in return builds my self-respect and cheers me up. Medical and mental health professionals have found it’s true that “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” 1
And, finally, this season I have found feeding and watching the squirrels in our yard has helped me relax.
A Merry, and blessed, Christmas to you all!
1 – An ancient Hebrew Proverb
2 – Photo thanks to Flicker artist Noël Zia Lee