“You are somebody’s reason to smile.” ~ Unknown Author
It’s the beginning of December and the year is coming to a close. This month will fly by. It is easy to get caught up in the fast-moving energy of the season where we find ourselves feeling frazzled and anxious to keep up with it all. I hope you find time to step away from the noise and chaos.
And since this is the holiday season, I thought today would be a good time to focus on simple ways to slow down and recharge. When we don’t feel our best selves, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. It is then the little things and simple actions we take will make the difference in feeling good even though we are as busy as ever.
If during this time of year or any time you are feeling frazzled and rushed, try one or more of the following simple tips to slow yourself down and boost your energy:
Take a few slow deep breaths – deep breathing reduces stress and increases the oxygen level in the blood
Watch or read something that inspires you – a little inspiration always helps
Go outdoors – fresh air clears your mind
Take a short exercise break – take a walk or do something to get your blood moving. The slightest bit of exercise can re-energize your body and your mind.
Dress to feel your best – when we are looking our best, we naturally feel better
Call a close friend – a quick conversation with someone you trust can help to diffuse anxiety and boost your mood.
Have a good laugh – watch or read something you find funny. Laughing stimulates your mind and gives you renewed optimism.
Wash your hands and face, brush your teeth – this simple act refreshes you and gives you a “fresh start” feeling.
Walk away from energy vampires – be conscious of those around you who are negative, complain all the time or always need to vent about a problem or crisis in their life. Making you listen to them will only drain your energy so try to surround yourself with as many positive and uplifting folks as you can.
Take a few moments to acknowledge how far you’ve come – take note of all that you have accomplished. Praise yourself for all the acts of strength and courage you’ve shown and your ability to bounce back.
And most of all, enjoy all the moments you can with the ones who mean the most to you. Traditions are great. Creating new memories even better!