Head Off Holiday Burnout: Gifts for the Giver

The great thing about giving yourself a gift is that you don't have to wait for a holiday to enjoy it. The really great thing about giving yourself a gift before the hectic holiday season is that an act of self-kindness can help access the creative, giving spirit in you and make it more fun to give gifts to others.

From a simple walk in the park to a mini-shopping trip just for you, there are many ways to reward yourself, and provide a well-deserved treat for body and soul. When you are feeling appreciated and rewarded, it's amazing how easily you can think of the perfect gift for someone, food to serve, outfit to wear and even find more time to savor the real meaning of the season.

Because you have been so good to us this year, Health Journeys is rewarding you by granting your requests for more aromatherapy products. Check out the aromatherapy goodies in our online store, just in time for holiday gift giving and self-giving.

Combine aromatherapy with guided imagery for a special treat for the senses. Try a little of your favorite scented oil while listening to guided imagery, then dab on a drop during the day and see if it evokes some of the same relaxing mind-states you experienced while listening.

"A pleasant aroma can be paired with hypnosis or guided imagery to further enhance the experience, and then the scent can be used independently to evoke the same inner state—whether of calm, self-confidence, commitment to change or restorative sleep."—Dr. Traci Stein.

We have received some great feedback from guided imagery fans who often pair our audio programs with our scented candles and other aromatherapy products. We are so convinced the two can work in tandem that we often combine our audio programs with aromatherapy items in money-saving packs, such as our Power Self Esteem Pack with Aromatherapy.

One of the best gifts you can give your generous, hard-working self is stress relief. Just in time for the busy holiday season, which often challenges the equanimity of the most serene among us, we have for you, Belleruth's Tips to De-Stress the Holidays. You will see the complete list of these wonderful, sanity-saving tips in the next few blog posts, but for now, here are a few:

  1. Take Care of Your Body
    Try to do all those things you know are good for your physical wellbeing: get regular exercise; take it easy on the caffeine, sugar and alcohol; get enough sleep; eat healthy food – you know this stuff. This is the baseline of stress reduction.

  2. Learn to Relax at Will
    Develop a regular practice to ground and relax you. If possible, start and end the day with guided imagery, yoga, meditation, relaxation, deep breathing, petting the cat in a rocking chair or listening to soothing music. Even five minutes, twice a day, will give you some protective ballast against the day's stresses. And if you can't manage this daily, do it whenever you can.

  3. Take a Mini-break When You're Getting Crazed
    When you find yourself starting to lose it, or butting up against your own rigidity or circular thinking, take a quick break. Step away. Go outside for a walk, do some guided imagery, snuggle your favorite toddler, play some music, call a loving friend or do a couple of yoga stretches. Five minutes of conscious AWOL can clear your mind and give you back your perspective, flexibility and common sense.

  4. Dose Your Day with Humor
    Humor, by its nature, provides instant distance, balance and perspective, if even for a moment. As long as it's not aimed at mocking others, it allows us to step back and take everything, including ourselves, less seriously. So practice the art of finding the ludicrous, paradoxical and nonsensical in daily events. And laughing itself is priceless. A belly laugh changes biochemistry and clears out emotional gunk like little else.

  5. Notice Little Moments of Beauty and Sweetness
    This sounds hokey but it works. Notice beauty around you and take a moment to breathe it in... same with a smile, a gracious act, a loving gesture. Practicing gratitude for these lovely bits and pieces of daily life is a potent way to de-stress, and it's contagious, too.

From your friends at Health Journeys, we hope you find many ways to enjoy the holiday shopping season. Tell us your tips. We love hearing from you. Happy gifting.

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