Five One-Minute Holiday Stress Solutions for Busy Moms
We put so much pressure on ourselves to create perfect holidays
that itís no wonder we become overwhelmed with stress, and/or catch
a cold when itís all over with and everyoneís gone home. We get up
at the crack of dawn to cook, we clean until the house is shiny and
weíre sweaty. And then, we drive all over town buying gifts.
Well, Iím not going to try to talk you out of any of that,
although I am resolved to lessen the pressure I experience. What I
want to offer you are ways to alleviate stress quickly before it
But first, identify what you find most stressful in the holiday
stress quiz at
(1) Go somewhere quiet and, while breathing deeply and slowly,
place both hands on your heart space (the center of your chest).
Itís a very loving, nurturing and calming thing to do and should
reduce stress in a minute or so.
(2) Make yourself a blend of bergamot and ylang ylang essential
oils. Add a few drops to a carrier oil or lotion and rub it in to
your hands and wrists. Give yourself a quick hand massage and then,
hold your hands up to your nose to breathe in the scent. This quick
remedy will be a gift that keeps on giving.
(3) Get outside for a moment and breathe in some fresh air. Look
around at the scenery or up at the clouds or sky or moon and tune
in for a moment to the experience of connection with nature, with
all living things. It is a very centering and grounding experience.
(4) Buy a small one-dollar pocket memo book and use it as a
holiday journal. Take it with you in your purse, everywhere, and
whenever you have a stressful moment, write down your thoughts &
feelings. Itís a great way to get it out of your head and heart,
which lessens the intensity and provides some relief. Later, you
might try talking to a friend or loved one about how you are
As women, we so often feel like we are supposed to be able to do
it all, effortlessly, that weíre unwilling to admit weíre having a
problem. If you only decide that this year, youíre not going to
isolate yourself that way, youíll be amazed at how different your
holiday experience is.
(5) Light a candle and take a moment to stare into its flame.
Pay attention to it, watch it flicker and let it mesmerize you for
a minute or so. Let your breathing deepen and slow, and your
thoughts drift away. By the way, if itís an aromatherapy candle,
with a calming scent, that will be even more helpful!
Bonus tip: Carry a piece of rose quartz crystal in your purse
and hold it for a minute or two whenever stress hits. Itís very
Have a joy-filled, peaceful holiday season!
|About the Author:
Byers is an elemental home style consultant and a
certified healing coach who helps women create homes for
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