Holiday Stress Relief

Breathe Easy: 3 Techniques & 7 Apps for Holiday Stress Relief

Inhale Calm, Exhale Stress: Mastering Holiday Tranquility


Hello there, my hardworking friends! As business owners, we often find ourselves juggling numerous responsibilities. The holiday season, while joyous, can sometimes amplify our stress levels, leaving us feeling drained and overwhelmed. But worry not! I’ve discovered a soothing holiday stress relief remedy for our frayed nerves: breathwork. 

Practicing these three breathing techniques offers a bounty of benefits for the busy self-employed woman. They not only reduce stress and improve mental clarity but also enhance emotional balance and increase energy levels, particularly beneficial during the hectic holiday season. By integrating these simple yet effective exercises into your daily routine, you can navigate your day with greater ease, focus, and a sense of inner peace

Today, let’s explore three simple yet powerful breathing techniques, along with 7 helpful breathing apps, that promise to be your saving grace in navigating the hectic holidays with calm and ease.


1. Controlled Breathing: A Gateway to Calm

First up is a technique that’s deceptively simple but requires a bit of practice. It’s all about controlled breathing. Here’s how you do it: inhale through your nose slowly for five seconds and then exhale through your nose for another five. This rhythmical breathing not only equalizes but also calms your nervous system, significantly reducing stress. It’s a technique you can practice anywhere, anytime – whether you’re in the midst of holiday shopping or taking a quick break between client calls.


2. Alternate Nostril Breathing: For Focus and Balance

Our next technique is a gem from the world of yoga – alternate nostril breathing. It’s an incredible method for balancing both hemispheres of the brain, which in turn, alleviates stress and boosts focus. Here’s how to do it: Close your left nostril with your left thumb and inhale through the right nostril, holding your breath for two seconds. Then, switch – exhale through your left nostril while closing the right. Alternate this process three times on each side. You’ll find it especially beneficial in the morning, serving as an instant mood enhancer and energizer for the day ahead.


3. Deep Breathing with Tension Release: Unwind Your Day

The last technique is perfect for unwinding after a long day. It involves deep breathing combined with a progressive muscle relaxation exercise. Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably, close your eyes, and visualize stress melting away from each part of your body – from your feet to the crown of your head. As you focus on each area, breathe in slowly through your nose and exhale through your mouth after holding your breath for three seconds. Repeat this 8-12 times. This practice not only relaxes your mind but also releases physical tension, making it a perfect pre-bedtime ritual.

For more stress relief tips check out 5 Simple Mind-Altering Strategies to Reduce Your Stress.

Holiday Stress Relief Breathwork Helpers

We can all use a little help when it comes to removing ourselves from a stressed-out state of mind.  Here are 7 handy apps you can check out to help guide you through calming breathing and even some meditation no matter where you are…


Embrace the Power of Breathwork

These breathing exercises and breathwork apps are more than just holiday stress relief techniques and tools; they are invitations to reconnect with ourselves amidst the chaos. Incorporating them into your daily routine, either in the morning or before bedtime, can significantly enhance your well-being. They prepare you to face the day’s challenges with a calm mind and end the day with a sense of peace.

So as we navigate the demands of our entrepreneurial lives and the extra buzz of the holiday season, let’s remember to pause and breathe. These moments of stillness are not just breaks in our busy schedules; they are powerful tools for maintaining our health, sanity, and joy. Here’s to a stress-free holiday season, filled with deep breaths and tranquil moments!

Claire Stanley of Creative Balance Health, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner greater Seattle area

Hi there! I'm Claire

Hi, I’m Claire Stanley, your Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Health Practitioner at Creative Balance Health. I help women over 40 eliminate their business-interfering chronic fatigue so they can restore their Get-Stuff-Done Energy and kick-butt at work, take care of their clients and family, and fully engage in their lives again. 

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