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Relaxation Tips for the Holidays

December 8, 2008

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Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could just slow down? The reality is December is filled with just as many parties, cooking, entertaining and shopping as November. Before you stress out over the next meal you have to prepare or holiday party you have to attend, read this article which outlines ways to de-stress during the holiday season.

Visualize your ideal holiday. Imagine who is sitting around your ideal holiday dinner table. Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate family traditions and start some new ones.

Define what relaxation means to you. Whether it means taking a bath, going to the gym or taking a yoga class, find ways that help you recharge your batteries so you are not constantly on the go.

Schedule down time. Enjoy time alone by listening to music or reading a book. Turn off your phone, if you can, so you are not distracted.

Recognize when you're experiencing too much stress. Decrease your stress levels by deep breathing or visualizing a place you’d like to be.

Keep focused on your goal. Remind yourself why it’s important to stay relaxed and balanced.

Staying relaxed is not only important around the holidays, but year-round. When you are living in harmony with your own body, you will live a healthier and happier life.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.