Not Quite Zen

{But Working On It}

Just a modern day momma trying to find the balance between life's craziness and zen, with a little bit of fun along the way.

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Remarkable. That's Me.

Many people look at me, I wonder what they see. Do they see a woman, a wife, Or a simple mother of three? A remarkable being, Is what I hope to be. I’m not built like a model, Or as tall as a tree. But I am as rare as a gem As sweet as a honey bee. I am a remarkable woman, My loved ones would agree. It’s the love that I give, The hugs they receive. The food that I cook. And the goals I help them achieve. I am classy, intelligent, Ambitious and sexy. I am charismatic, creative, Selfless, and sometimes cheeky. When people look at me, I already know what they see They see a remarkable woman, a dutiful wife, And a wonderful mother of three.

The Center of Your Own Universe

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Beating Holiday Stress

Between trying to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, the constant pressure to stick to your diet, the outrageous lines at the stores, and the decorating, its no wonder that many people feel seriously stressed around this time of year.  Lately people have really lost sight of what the holidays are about. Every year the media focuses more and more on the retail aspect of it all.  It has become all so easy to forget true meaning of the holidays. But, since we all can’t forget about the gifts, beating the crowds, decorating, cooking,  the diets and the New Years resolutions, here are some tips to help get you through the holiday stress…

  1. Take a walk outside, or enjoy some time in the sun (if weather permits).  Being outside is an instant picker upper because it helps stimulate that “feel good” hormone serotonin. A lot of times we forget our health goals during this time.  So taking a walk can help keep us on the right track.  In turn, we won’t feel as guilty when we hit up the buffet line for a second helping. Come on. You know you want to.

  1. Essential oils are a great secret weapon to have on hand to fight off various ailments.  One thing that can help fight that stressed out or depressed feeling are citrus fragrances.  Taking a whiff of citrus helps increase the levels of mood hormones, so they help the feeling of well-being.  If you have an essential oil on hand, dab a couple of drops into a handkerchief or onto your wrists so you can take a whiff whenever you need a little “pick me up”.

  1. Why don’t you try your hand at a little acupressure.  In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that there are special points on your body that, when pressure is applied to, have a direct effect on your mood.  One of these points is the fleshy area between your thumb and your pointer. Just apply firm pressure for about 30 seconds. That’s all it takes to reduce stress and tension from your upper body.  Don’t forget to breath deeply.

  1. This one might be a little obvious, but it still needs to be said. Why don’t you just relax?  Try not to take on so much.  Don’t go overboard with the number of dishes you are making.  You don’t have to attend each and every holiday event. Keep decorations to a minimum. Again, this is when you should be enjoying your loved ones and spending quality time with them.  Not stressing about gifts, etc. Try to prioritize.  Don’t forget about your normal routine. Don’t put off time with the family or going to the gym just to get some extra shopping time in.  You are forgetting the whole point of the holidays.

  1. Stop trying to be perfect.  So what the cookies you were baking came out looking like they were baked by your 4 year old.  Don’t worry about dinner being a few minutes late. The world is not going to end because the house is not in tip top shape. Focus on what’s important in your life and the people around you.  Not sweating the small stuff allows you to enjoy the holidays that much more.

  1. If you must take on all these tasks, then please do yourself a favor and ASK FOR HELP.  No one expects you to be superwoman. So stop acting like it.

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The main thing you want to remember is to think positively.  This is the time of the year when we put all woes aside and just enjoy one another.  Be grateful for the people we have around us and the things we have in our lives.  Remember the reason for the season.  Its not about the coolest gifts.  Its not about shopping. Its not about the parties.  Its about love. Its about family. Its about giving. Everything else will fall into place.


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