Joy Fulfillment during the Holidays
What is joy fulfillment? It is filling up the wells and wells of joy within your heart so you can spread and share love and light during the special holiday season.
No need to let the common stresses of the season wear you down. Lets talk through a few of the big causes of stress for many of us during what now feels like the two full months of holidays.
A feeling of overwhelming family obligations can be quite stressful and boil over during the holiday breaks and trips and parties.
Take a mental step back from these concerns, fears and decades old anxieties. Try seeing the positive, what makes the holidays special for you?
Focus on the positive areas of your life and let go of the attachments to fearfulness and stress. Embrace joy and love for this season and share it wildly and without hesitation.
Letting go of obligations and feelings of stress over the holidays will help your whole family be happier and more rested.
A common source of stress is past memories or feelings that we do not express during the rest of the year. Often we visit people we only see once in a year and any negative feelings pool up during the time we do not see them. What is the best way you feel would resolve some of this kind of stress for you personally?
For late November through early January give twice as much love as you get. Hand out smiles and share joys, even small ones, wide and far. Sure, grumpy (cat) people (aka stressed people) may make fun of you or will simply not understand but bring out the joy and keep it out: Joy Flashing can be great for your emotional health. Lord knows I can be a grump, get off my lawn sort of person but making a conscious effort to create happiness not only in my life but in others goes such a long ways towards better health, a good state of mind and my bliss-ed out heart.
Naturally boost immunity for the holidays
Reduce sleep deprivation. Stress reduction will massively increase your body's ability to fight off the woes of flu season. One of the easier ways to reduce stress is getting a little extra rest during the week. Try adding in a nap on Sundays, if the kids won't sleep give them a movie to watch and get in your nap time. During the week try going to bed half an hour earlier each night. These extra few hours all add up in the time your body can spend healing and resting.
Drinking echinacea tea throughout the colder months will help your whole system greatly. This tea has wonderful immunity benefits and while it does taste a little 'good-for-you' it can give you enough of a boost to help kick a cold's butt before you get it. Adding lemon or honey can help with taste. As does making a 4oz cup with one teabag instead of an 8oz cup of boiling water so you can shoot the tea down quickly. Using warm tea as part of your earlier to bed routine can help relax you and make sleep more restorative.
Have a tall glass of Vitamin C every morning before breakfast and each night before dinner. The water is great to keep you hydrated during the heater and fire weather. The Vitamin C will help kick start your immune system and helps with seasonal depression. Vitamin C also has the handy gift of helping with detox for drinking too much, there is even research suggesting it can help alcoholics stay on track especially during the holidays when relapsing can be a higher concern.
Foods for your immunity boost:
Eat 3 dinners a week with at least a tablespoon of garlic in them. Garlic is a wonderfully powerful and natural blood purifying agent which helps boost your immune system during flu season and assists your body with flushing out toxins that can build up and weaken your body's response to germ exposure.
Have a tasty bite (or five) of dark chocolate at least four times a week. Chocolate is a natural anti-depressant with very power chemical reactions that help you de-stress and mellow out for an enjoyable holiday season.
Breath and take in the joy of the season. Your friends and family love you, so love them back and share the light and happiness of a very special time of year.
Along with the excitement to meet your little person and the love you already feel there can be a lot of apprehension that comes along with the weeks and days before you go into labor. Take some time for self reflection and be patient with the wide swings of emotion you are bound to experience. The opening up of all your emotional states is one of the most natural and beautiful, if scary, parts of pregnancy. Be forgiving when you can not hold in an emotional outburst but be kind to those around you. They are supporting you and loving you so show love and support right back just be gentle about your feelings and value them more than ever.
Add in some special time to bond with your special other. Have a fun date night together each week, even if the 'date' is just a movie and easy to clean up meal. Take small moments together to realize how much you love and care for each other and to capture this moment, together. While you will be going through the actual labor, your partner will be feeling stress and anxiety as well and instead of suffering alone take this time to grow stronger and become closer. Talk with one another about how you feel as the birth gets closer. What are your concerns and what makes you most excited?
Be loving and gentle with each other and have fun together preparing for such a big event. Do not forget to show affection, give kisses and hugs to your spouse, they will reward this with understating and you will feel less stressed through getting enough touch and attention.
Reducing stress is a constant activity for everyone, we all deal with differing levels of stress in all sorts of varying ways but the one constant factor is how detrimental stress is to our well being. Especially now, stress damages ourselves, our loved ones and our unborn babies. When we are readying for the big change of a new life being born into this world it is best to try and lower all sources of stress and welcome the child into a peaceful and happy home.
You do not need to spend money to reduce your stress. Keep in mind stress reduction is in huge part the act of learning how to handle stress. Learn to take a moment to breath when you are feeling overwhelmed either emotionally or psychically. Take advantage of any support you have, spouse or family or friends and allow them to help you feel good.
Be loving. Giving and receiving loving thoughts and feelings during the weeks before labor will reduce pain issues, fatigue and make you (and baby) and those around you happier.
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