This time of year, most of us get busier and busier. We're planning for the holidays--for parties, guests, vacations, and shopping--and perhaps taking stock of our lives and planning for the new year as well. (I know I am, and I'm coming up with even more resources to help you through this, too, with minimal stress!) It's easy to be so caught up in the plans for the future, or perhaps remembering past events as we project what we need to do to repeat or avoid them in the coming month and year, and it's easy to see how busy we are and decide to put everything else on hold. It's natural, and it's necessary with most things.
However, when it comes to stress relief, we can't be too busy to take a moment to de-stress. For one thing, if we're not operating from 'stress mode' (e.g. with the fight or flight response triggered), we're generally thinking more clearly, operating more efficiently, and enjoying the moment more. Also, there are ways to relive stress that are so quick and efficient that there's really no reason to stay stressed, at least once you realize that you are stressed!
One of my favorite ways to relieve stress when I'm feeling overwhelmed is to engage in a mini-meditation. Read about that, as well as other 5 minute strategies here:
What are your best strategies to de-stress quickly? Why not share them in the comments section below? I've found that my readers come up with fantastic ideas!