Stay Sane This Holiday Season: Stress Expert Lauren Miller's Top Tips

by aevans
The hoildays are a wonderful time filled with friends, family, food -- and, unfortunately, stress! Many Americans feel overwhelmed and stressed out during the holiday season: shopping, cooking, cleaning, hosting, the list goes on! Don't let yourself fall victim to all the problems that stress brings with it. Holiday stress relief expert, Lauren E. Miller, featured in Redbook, Ladies Home Journal and CNBC shares 3 great tips to make sure you avoid the holiday craze and enjoy your holiday season!

Lauren defines stress as 'a signal within your body giving you an amazing opportunity to identify and adjust your perception of a situation, along with your behavior. We forget that whatever we focus on grows bigger quickly ... positive or negative.'

1. Know what you value most in life. When your priorities are clear, decisions are easy. Stress creeps in when you forget what you value most in life. When you spend most of your energy on the 'nonessentials' in life you begin to feel depleted very quickly and the stress hormone begins to double. Create moments every day that nurture what you value most in this life and notice how quickly clarity of thinking and inner peace return within your being.

2.  Let go of this belief: 'In order to be loved and accepted I need to be perfect, have the perfect house, tree, job, car, person, family, job, credentials.' What is your inner list of requirements in order to feel loved and accepted in life? Let go of your need for certain outcomes around the Holidays in order for you to feel good about yourself. Happiness returns when you release the attachments you have in life in order to feel good about you. Remember, joy flows from the inside out, not the outside in. Start loving yourself completely just as you are, right where you are at. If you lack it borrow it from God's heart where the supply is limitless.

 3. Breathe, Breathe, Breathe and be present to the 'Silent, Holy, Night' that dwells within every moment of life. Give yourself the gap of empowerment that comes when you become the observer of your life verses the reactor. Be a curious and fascinated human being who looks at everything before them as an opportunity for learning and growth. When one door closes, don't waste one moment looking at that closed door, start seeking the open window. Don't miss life, when you worry, doubt and fear; you miss the life standing right in front of your face. When you are present you will laugh more in life which has profound physiological benefits, another wonderful gift to give yourself and those around you this season.

Lauren E. Miller is releasing her 3rd book, Release the Stress Around Breast Cancer...with Methods and Mantras for the Mastectomies of Life.

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