The holidays can present as a magical time of joy, connection, and time with family and friends, which we absolutely love. The flip side is that stress can creep in from a variety of avenues without you knowing it. All of a sudden, a festive time of year can yield to bustle, anxiety, sadness, and overwhelm.
Whether you’re filled with joy or a bit stressed out this season, use these simple holiday de-stress tools regularly to fill your cup and take care of you.
Dr. Andrew Huberman talks about the easy and important Physiological Sigh technique to calm down the nervous system FAST. It’s simple.
- Take a full breath in through the nose.
- Sip in an extra drink of air in at the top.
- Sigh all of the air out through the mouth.
- Repeat 2 or 3 times and notice how you feel.
Even if you cannot fit in a full workout, move your body a little. Micro movements, such as a quick walk around the block, a short movement break at home (like this great 5-minute stretch), or even playing with a dog or animal will help blow off a little holiday steam.
Don’t discredit the power of a cuddle, hug, or time with a loved one or family pet this time of year. We’re often moving at warp speed to “fit it all in,” so take time for an extra hug, hold a loved one’s hand, or give an extra pet to your furry family member.