Holiday de-Stress

Apparently, according to this graphic Family & In-laws cause the most holiday stress.

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Luckily, my own family (for better or worst) doesn’t get together. Like a lot of families out there, some members stopped talking to each other and avoid seeing each other like the plague.
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ied into a family that celebrates with each other , they are joyful, funny, outlandish at times. However, it can still be stressful no matter what.
Here are some of the strategies I use for dealing with holiday stress.

  1. Gratitude: (no matter what your family’s deal is, it could be worst)–no one has the perfect family and everyone has struggles.
  2. Service: Find the family member that is isolate, uncomfortable  and/or alone, try to connect with them and be of service.
  3. Mediation: Meditation is a loaded word…so just still quietly and breathe for 10-30 minutes before you see your family. It will make a world of difference.
  4. De-Stress Essential oils: Diffuse, rub them on your hands and inhale, use as a “perfume.” When we inhale the fragrance of an essential oil, the odor molecules travel up the nose where they’re registered by the nerves of the olfactory membranes in the nose lining. The odor molecules stimulate this lining of nerve cells and trigger electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb in the brain. The olfactory bulb then transmits the impulses to the amygdala – where emotional memories are stored – and to other parts of the limbic system of the brain.
  5. Here are some of my favorite de-stress oils: Lavender, Balance, and Vetiver.

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I also love Serenity.

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