Remaining Stress-Free Throughout the Holiday Season by Jasmine Smith
You have made it over the hump of Thanksgiving, and now the holiday season is in full gear. At this point, you are probably shopping constantly, agonizing over the perfect gifts, cleaning, preparing for guests, lugging out decorations packed away in the attic, dealing with stress-producing family dynamics, organizing your schedule with holiday events, arranging travel plans, etc. All of this on top of your hectic schedule practicing law. Well, the Wellness Committee is here to help relieve some of this stress. First, if you have not already done so, please check out the first two videos in this stress-relief series: Office Yoga Stretches and Chair Yoga. Also, review a few of the resources listed in November's blog post for tips on having a stress-free holiday season. The final video in the series is a guided mediation by Tina Cundari.
Medical research suggests mediation is extremely beneficial in relieving stress as it produces a deep state of relaxation and tranquility. For additional information on the topic, check out this article from the Harvard Medical School, Mindfulness Meditation may Ease Anxiety, Mental Stress or visitThe U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health.
Here are some additional tips to make the holidays less stressful:
- Do a little preplanning before any big holiday event. Search online for ideas and free printables to help with organization and time management.
- Lower your holiday expectations.
- Brainstorm gift ideas in advance and make a shopping list.
- Plan ahead for how you will handle dysfunctional family situations: Holiday Stress: Dealing with Family Drama and Dysfunction, Holiday Family Drama? How Do You Cope?