Keep Calm and Carry On
We’ve put together a few of our favorite ways to relax and keep calm when things get a little crazy. Leave the chaos in 2018 and step forward into the New Year with a few new healthy habits to keep calm and carry on.
1. Morning Routine
Having a personal routine to start the day can set you up for success, no matter what time of year. While it may be hard to sneak out in the middle of the day during time with family, maintaining your morning routine not only gives you an hour, or even just a few minutes, of quiet time to yourself, it can also be a great way to pause, connect to yourself and start the day off with a solid foundation.
Some of our favorite things to do each morning are sitting quietly and reflecting on all that we’re grateful for. This is such a great way to put that positive energy out for the day. You can also make a gratitude list and write out ten things you’re grateful for this holiday season.
Grab a cup of tea, take a hot shower or even give yourself a mini-facial!
Moving your body (which we’ll talk more about later) can also give you that extra boost at the beginning of your day and help you maintain your energy throughout the day.
Sometimes the chaos can get the better of us. When things get a little hectic, focusing on your breath can help you connect back to your body, stay calm and reset. Try this breathing exercise when you feel yourself start to get overwhelmed during the holidays.
Sit with your hands folded in your lap or with your palms face down on your knees. You can do this standing as well. If standing, place one hand over your heart and the other gently resting on your belly.
Take a deep breath in through your nose, for about 4 seconds, and sigh it out, even making it audible if you choose. (That can be a great release!)
Repeat that once more.
Now switch the breathing to in through your nose and out through your nose, keeping the mouth gently closed.
Breathe in through the nose for a count of 4 then out through the nose for a count of 4. When breathing out, try to make an “H” sound at the back of your throat. This will allow for the deepest release.
Repeat this 5 or more times, or until you feel yourself begin to relax and feel grounded again.
This exercise can help with anxiety, nerves, when you feel overwhelmed and help you relax before you fall asleep at night.
3. Feel Good Playlist
Music can be an amazing way to help us feel good. Create a playlist with your favorite feel good tunes to help keep those happy vibes flowing when things get a little crazy over the holidays. Add songs that have an upbeat tempo and great melodies. Sing along, belt them out and have yourself a dance party in your living room. It’s a guaranteed mood-booster!
You can check out Katie’s “Good Morning” playlist on Spotify, including all the best feel good tunes from the 90’s and early 2000’s, for a little playlist inspiration.
4. Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are a great way to relax and unwind when things get a little crazy. Because they’re caffeine free, you won’t get the same “crash” as with a strong coffee and you’ll get all of the benefits of the herbs used in the teas.
Drinking herbal tea can helping fight colds, improve digestion, boost the immune system and even reduce inflammation.
5. Get Outside & Move Your Body
Moving our bodies is an amazing way to reset and reduce stress. Whether you want to squeeze in a full workout or take a short walk around the neighborhood, this is a guaranteed way to add a little calm into your day.
Take ten minutes to do some stretches in the morning or take your furry friends out for a mid-day walk when you’re feeling like you need a little pick-me-up. If you have time, head to the gym or a class to get your heart rate up. Exercise is the perfect way to keep your energy up throughout the day and the more physical activity you get during the day, the better you’ll sleep at night. It’s a win/win!
6. Nighttime Routine
As important as it is to maintain a morning routine, a nighttime routine is equally as beneficial. While things can get a little crazy this time of year and our schedules may be different than usual, keeping our personal care rituals can help us get through the storm with clarity and ease.
Unplug at least an hour before bed. That means no phone, social media, YouTube and late night TV binges. Not only can the light from our devices make it harder for our brains to shut off, these are extra hours that we can use to relax and unwind from the day and all that we’ve consumed.
Grab a good book or spend time relaxing with your family. End the day the same way it started with a warm shower or bath and even a good stretch to help you get a restful sleep. Use the breathing technique from above and you’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time.
No matter how crazy things may get during the holidays, remember it’s okay to take a few minutes (or more!) to yourself! Give yourself the time for a little personal TLC so that you’re able to fully enjoy all the holiday festivities stress-free!
Head over to our Instagram and let us know what your favorite ways to keep calm and reset are. Happy and relaxing Holidays to you all!