‘Tis the season for holiday parties, deadlines at work, present shopping to be done, and family, family and more family time!  I have come up with 5 quick and easy steps you can do anywhere to manage your blood pressure this holiday season!

  1. Attitude of Gratitude

  2. Recognizing Your Accomplishments

  3. All Your Firsts

  4. Family Prep

  5. Favorite Holiday Activity

I have talked about this a lot but, let’s not forget the power of an attitude of gratitude.  Take your gratitude journal every morning and write down three things you are grateful for.  It takes a few minutes and it starts the day off right.  I almost always include my dog and my cup of coffee in my gratitude journal.  The point is, it doesn’t matter what it is, it just matters that you feel that gratitude in your heart before you start each day.

A toast to yourself!  As the year winds down we often reflect and look back at the past year.  More often then not we start listing out all of the things we didn’t do.  We didn’t lose the weight, we didn’t ask for the promotion, we didn’t get x, y, z done.  Well let’s change it up folks!  Take a moment to list out your accomplishments.  Once you get started you will realize it’s a lot longer than the things you didn’t do.  Just give it a try and pat yourself on the back.  You deserve it and you will be so happy you did it.

After listing out your accomplishments start to think about all of the things you did for the first time this past year.  Did you try sushi?  Did you speak up for yourself at work?  Did you travel somewhere new?  No matter how big or small reflect back on all the new things you did and all the growth you had.

Now let’s talk family.  Holiday season is when family all comes together and often times, under one roof.  Now, don’t get me wrong, we all love family.  With that said, it can be stressful to have all those unique snowflakes under one roof with their different values and opinions.  So here is my tip!  BEFORE everyone gets together take a moment to sit and think about each individual person you will be seeing.  What do you love about them?  What makes them so unique?  What about them do you admire?  By doing this you are shifting your mindset to what you love most about that person.  This way, when you are with them, you are appreciative for their presence.

Last but not least, make sure you do something for YOU.  We get so caught up making deadlines, going to parties, shopping for others, we forget to do something for ourself.  What is your favorite holiday tradition?  Cooking, being outdoors, putting up the lights, listening to christmas music… whatever it is, make sure you do it!

I promise you, if you follow these 5 practices you will be feeling more positive and less stressed!  Everyone have an amazing holiday season.