Christmas may be the happiest time of the year, but for 1 in 4 Australians organising Christmas is an anxious and exhausting time that doesn’t feel like a ‘holiday’ at all.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some post-Christmas self care tips.
1. Inhale and Exhale
One of the best ways to relax and get on that rejuvenation train is by simply breathing.
When you’re stressed, mimicking the breathing patterns of a relaxed person (that is by breathing through the nose in a slow, even and gentle way) reduces stress due to the calming of the nervous system.
Controlled breathing can cause physiological changes that include:
- lowered blood pressure and heart rate
- reduced levels of stress hormones in the blood
- reduced lactic acid build-up in muscle tissue
- balanced levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood
- improved immune system functioning
- increased physical energy
- increased feelings of calm and wellbeing.
2. Immerse Yourself
We understand that not everybody has the time to book a vacation and immerse themselves in tranquility. It’s still important to take a moment of two from your regular daily routine to focus on you.
The best way to do this is by stepping away from the crowds and just listening to the world around you. You could do this by enjoying a cup of tea or coffee on your veranda or taking an afternoon stroll. Whatever activity you choose, make it one where you can be alone with your surroundings and with no distractions.
Have little ones that makes sitting still tricky? Try yoga for kids!
Now is the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on the year gone in order to get yourself feeling refreshed and ready for the next one to come.
“Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.”—Richard Branson
Often we don’t take the time to reflect on ourselves and our lives (I’m guilty of that too!) however it’s important to look back at how far you have come. Make a list of the things you have achieved this year. It should be anything you are proud of or excited about.
Bought a house?
Got a new pet?
Paid off consumer debt?
Now write down goals for the year to come. It could be as simple as wanting to have a low key Christmas next year!
You’re Not Alone: Help Is Available
If you are experiencing distress during the holiday period, remember that help is always available. You can contact LifeLine on 13 11 14 for 24 hour mental health support.