Feeling Overwhelmed Over the Holiday? Here Are Three Things I Do That Can Help

Feeling Overwhelmed Over the Holiday? Here Are Three Things I Do That Can Help

Feeling overwhelmed over the holidays? Try these breathwork techniques

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones, express gratitude, and indulge in delicious food. But let's face it, it can also be a stressful time. From planning the perfect menu to dealing with family dynamics, it's easy to get overwhelmed. That's why it's important to have some tools in your arsenal to help you stay calm and centered. One such tool is breathwork.

Breathwork is a powerful practice that involves conscious control of the breath to promote relaxation and reduce stress. By focusing on your breath, you can activate the body's natural relaxation response and bring yourself back to a state of balance. Here are a few breathwork techniques you can try:

  • Box breathing: Inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, and hold for a count of four. Repeat this cycle several times, focusing on the sensation of your breath.
  • Deep belly breathing: Place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest. Take a deep breath in through your nose, allowing your belly to rise. Exhale slowly through your mouth, feeling your belly fall. Repeat this for several breaths, allowing yourself to fully relax.
  • Alternate nostril breathing: Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale deeply through your left nostril. Close your left nostril with your ring finger, release your right nostril, and exhale through your right nostril. Inhale through your right nostril, close it with your thumb, release your left nostril, and exhale through your left nostril. Repeat this cycle for several rounds, focusing on the flow of breath.
  • Long Exhale: My favorite breathwork technique is simple: inhale for half the count of your exhale. For example, if you breathe in for three seconds, exhale for six.

Stay hydrated and nourished

Another important aspect of reducing stress during Thanksgiving is taking care of your physical well-being. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday and forget to nourish yourself properly. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Dehydration can contribute to feelings of fatigue and irritability, so it's important to prioritize hydration.

In addition to staying hydrated, make sure to nourish your body with wholesome, nutritious food. While indulging in your favorite Thanksgiving dishes is part of the fun, it's also important to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your meals. These foods provide essential vitamins and minerals that support your overall well-being and help keep your stress levels in check.

Learn the power of saying no

One of the biggest sources of stress during Thanksgiving is the pressure to participate in Black Friday shopping. While it can be tempting to join the crowds and snag some deals, it's important to remember that your well-being should always come first. Learning to say no to the Black Friday craziness can be a powerful way to reduce stress and prioritize self-care.

Instead of spending your day fighting through crowds and waiting in long lines, consider alternative ways to spend your time. Take a leisurely walk in nature, read a book, or simply relax at home. Remember, it's okay to prioritize your mental and physical well-being over material possessions.

By incorporating breathwork techniques, staying hydrated and nourished, and learning the power of saying no, you can reduce stress and stay balanced during Thanksgiving. Remember, the holiday season is meant to be a time of joy and gratitude, so don't forget to take care of yourself along the way. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Helia Health & Beauty!

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