How to not be a Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins
With Christmas being just one week away we thought it was the perfect time to share some tips and tricks about how you can de stress this holiday season, and not be the cotton headed ninny muggins one can inevitably become.
We often feel so much pressure to plan, shop, cook, decorate and carry on traditions, please everyone, give a zillion gifts, send the perfect card and attend a party a day. The truth is… our presence is more important than PRESENTS. And we all deserve to get down with this truth!
So how do we strive to be more like Cindy Lou Hoo during the Holidays, and avoid being all Grinchy about the small, stressful, annoying stuff! We have a few tips and tricks! Here goes…
BREATHE | Wait a minute. What? Why are we telling you to dedicate a day to doing something you do all day, every single day of your life? Well because, you breathe automatically. (PHEW!) But when you breathe unconsciously, you don’t give thought to how it’s truly benefiting you. A deep, purposeful breath can reset your mind and bring you so much clarity. Try breathing manually. Turn off auto pilot and really focus on your breath, in through your nose, out through your mouth. When you are stressed, lose patience, need to focus, need to redirect or just need to take a minute; find your breath and relieve the stress.
There are a lot of ways to take a breath and meditate, but we think that “BOX BREATHING” is one method that everyone should master. It is something that anyone can do, and the best part? IT WORKS! Check out the image below, and if it helps, you can trace your finger in a square pattern while you breathe. Pairing the breathing with visualization (by closing your eyes) will take your mind off of the stress and help you focus on recovery!
STRESS LESS. ENJOY MORE. | Ways you can do this:
-Say no if it’s too much. You will be missed, but you will also turn into exactly the person you don’t want to be and ruin it for yourself and everyone else if you don’t figure out how to say “no” sometimes!
-Stay on task with your normal routine. Even though it might be harder this time of year, it’s also maybe more important! Don’t put off your self care, workouts, morning routine, etc, for lack of time. These are the things that keep you running! So don’t stop now when you can’t afford to run out of gas.
-Be inspired, but don’t feel like crap about yourself. Life is not a pinterest board. Just do what you can with what you have and focus on making memories rather than wrapping the presents perfectly (or whatever!)
Turn up the tunes (christmas music or whatever you love!). Studies show that music has this unparalleled way of making people HAPPY! It’s more complicated of course, but long story short… crank dat soulja boy!!!!! Pick your poison. The point is… without music life would B flat. (get it? ha!!!)
THINK POSITIVE (X2!!!!!) | We are positively positive that thinking positive can only have a positive impact on ANY experience 🙂 Sometimes all you need is a new perspective! The holidays are stressful, but they also provide amazing opportunities to look within and see the good that surrounds you all season long! One thing we encourage you to do is help others who are less fortunate than you in some capacity. What a way to see the flip side of the coin and enable yourself to be positive about your blessings.
GET ADEQUATE SLEEP | According to the National Sleep Foundation, “sleep is an active period in which a lot of important processing, restoration, and strengthening occurs. Exactly how this happens and why our bodies are programmed for such a long period of slumber is still somewhat of a mystery. But scientists do understand some of sleep’s critical functions, and the reasons we need it for optimal health and wellbeing.”
So, yea. What they said. And what we KNOW is that when we get good, consistent, adequate sleep, we can take on the day that much stronger, sharper and better. It’s important all the time, but if you can sneak in some more sleep during the most stressful times, you should!
BE COMPASSIONATE | The holidays may also remind us of losses that trigger sadness and emotions. We should be conscious of this and give ourselves and others grace. We should take the time to think about loved ones who are not with us and honor them in whatever way we see fit. We get to help our loved ones who have left us live on by honoring them in this respect. So be mindful. Be grateful. Love who you love. And…
Remember the reason for the season.
Put joy into all the things you do. And to quote Hamilton because now you know we both LOVE Hamilton…
“Look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”
Links from the show:
Jam out with your ham out on the kitchen counter (like while you prep for holiday dinners!?!?) to our FAVORITE!!! Click on the image above to listen on spotify!