With the holiday season upon us, now is the time to examine how to avoid stress and stay peaceful regardless of the circumstances. Too often we find the hectic scheduling and increased events of the holiday season slowly stealing away the meaning of this sweet time of year.
Whatever you can do to support a positive mood and balanced temperament is worth its weight in gold at the holiday season. Here are some tips and techniques to try...
Women are more likely to multitask than men and often seem to take pride in their ability to get several things done at once. Unfortunately, multitasking can make people extremely nervous, as they fret about a long list of errands, chores, and other responsibilities waiting to be checked off a never-ending list. It is simply impossible to get everything done – something is bound to fall through the cracks or slip your mind completely, which is upsetting when you are trying so hard to keep it all together.
When we experience excessive stress—whether from internal worry or external circumstance—a bodily reaction is triggered, called the "fight or flight" response. Originally discovered by the great Harvard physiologist Walter Cannon, this response is hard-wired into our brains and represents a genetic wisdom designed to protect us from bodily harm. This response actually corresponds to an area of our brain called the hypothalamus, which—when stimulated—initiates a sequence of nerve cell firing and chemical release that prepares our body for running or fighting.