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We all know that the holiday season can get very busy and stressful with all the parties, Christmas shopping, and traveling. We have long lists of to-do items, shopping lists, lists for mailing all those presents or postcards, and so on. In addition, we reflect on the last year and set goals for 2017. It is important to remember to take care of yourself in the middle of all this activity.

You have probably seen a variety of self-care suggestions on the Internet. In this article, Mara Zimmerman offers a short summary of 10 self-care strategies for stress relief.

Self-Care Starts with Our Thoughts

In this post, I’m not going to create another list of self-care to-do’s. Instead, I would like to remind myself and anyone who is reading this post that our self-care starts with our own thoughts. It doesn’t take too much to shift our attitude from being stressed-out to being more gentle with ourselves. [clickToTweet tweet=”The quality of our thoughts completely determines the quality of our lives.” quote=”After all, the quality of our thoughts completely determines the quality of our lives.” theme=”style5″] Is it more important to get things done at all costs? Or is it more important to have a good time while doing it and enjoying the process?

3 Helpful Tips to Shift Your Thoughts from Stress to Joy

I hope the ideas I’m sharing below will serve as an inspiration for you to find your own unique way to relax and recharge your batteries. Here is what helped me to shift into my attitude from worrying about getting things done to enjoying each moment while still doing what has to be done.

  1. Remember to mentally celebrate small wins. I lichristmas-jewelry-1817034_1280ke to write down what I have accomplished each day, even if this list isn’t very long. Looking at my accomplishments, however big or small, on paper, makes me appreciate my efforts more and see the big picture.
  2. Start each day by being grateful for everyone and everything that comes your way. Start your day by counting what you are grateful for, instead of counting the items on your to-do list. I’m sure you have much to appreciate in your life! This will set the mood for the entire day. Every day is precious, and it will never be repeated. There is no random people or events in our life. Everything works together as a perfect flow of constant blessings and lessons.
  3. Be playful. Your self-care depends on what you love and what makes YOU happy and relaxed. There are many self-care lists online that encourage people to meditate, do yoga, use aromatherapy, or be grateful. However, each of us is unique. So, explore a few ways that can improve YOUR mood and attitude, and be playful with your self-care. Don’t make self-care another to-do item, unless you enjoy having long to-do lists.

3 Self-Care Ideas to Play With

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  1. Listen to the music that makes you smile. I like making my own playlists. Here is a Youtube playlist with happy music.  If you have a Sirius.xm subscription, tune into the Chill station.
  2. Take a pause for yourself. Don’t underestimate the power of a 5-minute break. It can be a 5-minute break in the middle of the day. The intention of taking this time for yourself is healing and energizing in itself. You can make yourself a cup of tea or cocoa, or read a page from your favorite book. You will be able to go on with your day feeling recharged and happier.
  3. Take 15 minutes to exercise or stretch. I love Betty Rocker’s 15-minute work-outs. If you feel ambitious, you can sign-up for her Free 30-day Challenge for free here and receive videos with different 15-minute work-outs every day. It’s a great way to start your day!
  4. Use citrus essential oils to lift your mood and refresh your mind. Check out my winter Sweet Orange recipes. You can simply add a few drops of any citrus essential oil into any aromatherapy diffuser, and enjoy.

If you need more ideas for inspiration, read my previous blog posts on mindfulness stress-relief techniques and ways to improve your morning routine.

About the author

life_purpose_coachingTanya Ince, Ph.D, is a spirtual life coach, writer, numerologist, and trainer of Spiritual Technology methods of Zivorad Slavinski.  On her blog, Tanya writes about practical spirituality, numerology, and personal development. You can connect with Tanya on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @TanyaCoaching.

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