Coping With End of Year Madness

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Coping With The End of Year Madness

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Five simple things to more effectively cope with the end of year madness, stress and anxiety.

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This time of year is generally very busy for everyone.

We laugh at the irony of how this time of year is meant to be joyous but with all the extra pressures and with what feels like time is running out and the never-ending amount of things to do, it becomes quite stressful. Now add to that whatever else you’ve got going on in your life and often, for so many people it all becomes too much. We are often good at putting on a strong, brave face but with just a little bit of extra stress, before you know it, you have increased symptoms of anxiety. We can then enter a downward spiral, poor sleep, low energy, low mood, more reactive, defensive, etc.

 

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Here are 5 simple and easy to use strategies that I hope you find helpful:

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1) Focus on the big picture.

Often we get caught up in the details and the stress of the moment, but at the end of the day as we look back on this time of life, these stresses may seem insignificant. I mean if you knew that you only had only 1 week to live, would you be worrying about the same things that you are now?

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2) Write it down.

It may seem so obvious, but often we become overwhelmed because we have so many things to do in such a short amount of time and often it is partly true but also partly an illusion. Often the biggest stress are the thoughts racing around in our head, going from one idea to another because the ideas are not ordered. For lots of people, it would be like driving around the city delivering care packages to your friends but you did not take the time to organise the list. You’re driving all over the show — to the city, back to the shore, then out to Muriwai, then back to the eastern suburbs, to the shore again, over the city, back to the shore again. A little bit of planning helps us go from reactive to proactive. Writing it down also stops the monkey-mind having the same ideas repeating themselves over and over again. You will create more space and peace in your mind.

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3) Arch your spine.

Yup, as simple as that may sound! Spend about 20 seconds a few times every single day, arching your spine into extension and breathe a few deep breaths (reading about it won’t do anything — you have to try it to get the value out of it).

 

4) Keep doing the things that are helpful.

Many people, when they get stressed, fall into a silly, destructive pattern where they stop doing the things that are helpful for them. They stop going to the gym, stop exercising, and start snacking on the wrong foods. They miss their yoga or their meditation practice slips away. MAKE sure you keep doing what is working for you! If you don’t have a few things to do on your list ,  start something small, even if it’s just walking every day.

 

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5) Listen to your body/mind/intuition!

Don’t ignore your symptoms, if your body is shouting or scremaing, listen! Don’t put this off.

If your body is symptomatic - lets say your anxiety is flaring up, or has gotten worse recently with more stress, putting it off the need to address it, creates much more work for you in the long run. It often causes more pain and suffering and lowers your day to day quality of life. If you have a symptom, it is your body’s way of saying do something NOW. If you would like help contact me - We have a few places available before the end of the year. We offer a drug free approach to resolving anxiety.

For those of you who are feeling like it would be wise to resolve your anxiety now, click on the links below for more information about how we can help you.

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