Seek Stress Relief Before Year's End
By Brandi Goodman
You should end your year on a positive note -- in a healthy manner. Ending your year filled with stress and tension will only ensure you bring those negative feelings into the new one. Seek stress relief before year's end so you can finish out the season without the added weight on your shoulders. It will help you to begin anew with a sense of peace.
Pause to See How You're Feeling
Each day, take a pause. Stop what you're doing in the middle of the day and simply assess how you're feeling. Are you feeling tense? Is something on your mind? Do you have a headache? Taking the time everyday to acknowledge your thoughts, feelings, and pain levels can help you make a plan for combating these struggles.
Many people suffer from end-of-year stress because of the holidays. From October to the very last day of December, there are several holidays and events to take into account. You may be the type to try and accomplish everything for them on your own. Maybe you make your children costumes, plan a Halloween gathering, invite people over on Thanksgiving to enjoy the large feast you cooked, decorate for the holidays, plan a Christmas party, and even more.
All of these tasks on your shoulders can amp up your stress levels. Learn to delegate tasks so you don't have to do it all. Have your family step up and help or even hire someone to do the job. Party planners, caterers, and even handymen can help with your holiday to-do list.
Take Time for Yourself
You need to take time for yourself every day. Separate from your daily check-in, this time should involve things you enjoy. You can watch a full-length movie and spend time laughing or take a quick half-hour to go for a walk. Doing something you like can ease your stress and help you feel some joy.
Calm Yourself Before Responding
It can be easy to respond harshly when we're feeling stressed or overwhelmed. If you get a call, text, or even in-person request that you know you can't handle, take some time to calm yourself before responding. Taking just 10 seconds to breathe deep and quiet your mind can help before you say something.
Prolonged stress can actually have negative consequences on your health. Find ways to seek stress relief before year's end, and continue those habits into the new season. You want to always ensure as little stress as possible affects your life so you can maintain your well-being.
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