As the madness of family and festivities draws ever closer, this is just a short note to help you keep it together.
Most important -
1) GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Everything is better, more manageable and happier when you have enough sleep.
If you're going to bed later than usual try and catch 30 minutes between 1 - 3pm.
Because that is when your body naturally wants to take a nap. Your body is releasing melatonin during this time so take advantage and have that quick nap.
30 minutes will make all the difference.
2) Increase Your Supplements
Because stress can affect your immune system.
The last thing that you want to have is a cold and sniffly nose when you're supposed to be having a fun, happy, family time.
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3)Take a deep breath
We tend to breathe shallowly.
So deep breaths have an amazing affect on your stress response.
This is because the Vagus nerve runs through your diaphragm and is turned on by every deep breath.
Take 5 deep breaths and see how you feel.
Breathe in through your nose for 6 counts and out through your mouth for 5 counts.
It's a massive tension reliever.
4) Become More Aware - some call it mindful.
It's simply appreciating and cherishing the small things.
Like, the colour of the trees, the way the branches move in a breeze.
The sound of your children's chatter and laughter,
The early morning tweeting and chirping of the birds. Listen to the different chirps.
Smile at the driver next to you, even wave!
It'll release any tension and you'll feel happier.
Being in the moment helps you to manage stress by accepting circumstances.
5) Get out into the fresh air
Go for a walk in your garden or on to the roads of your suburb.
If you have a park nearby then bundle the kids into the car or onto their bicycles and walk around the park.
The fresh air and change of scenery will balance things out.
In short, take time to look after yourself.
Everything and Everybody else Will Be Fine.