The next few months are full of holiday celebrations. Celebrations can bring great joy as well as great stress as we relate to people, places, and things that are out of our day-to-day routines. This can make it difficult to keep calm.
Stress can wreak havoc on both mind and body. So, think about how you will keep calm when you feel stressed or overwhelmed by the holidays?
TIPS to keep calm.
1) Identify what makes you feel calm using your 5 senses (i.e.: eyes, ears, nose, taste and touch)
2) Make sure you’re able to use these calming techniques in any environment (ideas include: a favorite picture or song on your smartphone, an essential oil to wear, a pack of gum or mints to chew, or a scarf or sample fabric swatch.)
3) Before stress escalates, use your keep calm techniques to reduce stress during difficult moments.
Let’s talk about how to put this strategy into action. You’re at the mall and you can’t decide what to get your boss on a limited budget after purchasing gifts for family and friends. You worry about purchasing a gift that is perceived as too extravagant while also wanting to avoid the appearance of being cheap.
-STOP HERE and TAKE A BREAK-
Start by sitting down, then reach in your pocket for headphones to listen to your favorite song or reach in your pocket for the feel of a velvet fabric swatch you saved for calming touch, or take out a piece of gum in your favorite flavor.
No matter what you choose take a moment and keep calm. Focus on that one thing and stay present in the moment. Avoid being distracted by your visual sense by focusing your eyes on a static object (not a person).
Then, Keep calm and move on with a clearer outlook. Find inspiration through calmness.
Remember, you don’t need to move on alone unless you choose too. Contact a friend or a sales person for a gift suggestion.