Holiday Blues? Take Some Time to Relax this Season

December is a busy month both personally and professionally.  The holiday expectations added to the fray, so I want to encourage you to enjoy the Season and if things start to feel stressful, following these simple tips.


  • Breathe.  Inhale deeply from your diaphragm.  Hold your breath and count to four, filling your belly and chest.  Then slowly exhale to a count of four.  Repeat this a few times.  This relaxes your entire system.
  • Listen to your body.  What are your muscles, stomach, joints, neck, shoulders, back, and feet telling you?  To take a break?  Get a massage?  Rest?  Seek medical help?   
  • Trust your intuition.  Get real about how much you can take on.  You are not a machine.  You are human, and there are certain limitations that accompany your current form.
  • Visualize a calming scene.  Perhaps you love lying on a beach or hiking in the mountains.  Or maybe you enjoy looking up at the beautiful blue sky.  Close your eyes and imagine your favorite scene.  Do this for three to five minutes.
  • Focus on a meaningful activity.  File papers.  Write the outline for a report.  Phone a friend.  Fold laundry.  Focused attention quiets the mind.
  • Have some fun.  Schedule the time to go to a movie, play a game with your kids, attend a concert, host a party.  Or just laugh.  Don’t feel guilty about occasionally immersing yourself in things that take you out of your very busy, crowded head.


Obsessing about your stress is the worst thing you can do.  It’s a vicious cycle that won’t end unless you to choose to make a change.  Napoleon Hill says “If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.” 


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Comment balloon 9 commentsJoy Daniels • December 14 2018 08:34PM


Great advice Joy Daniels  to many people are stressing out about the Holidays

Happy Holidays

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 2 years ago

I hope you are not one of them Hannah Williams and if you are that you are able to use a few of these tips to relax.  Merry Chirstmas & Happy New Year!

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) almost 2 years ago

Hello Joy -- it's your season!  You have shared some excellent advice that is useful year-round and not just during the holidays.  Have a wonderful year-end, Christmas/New Year celebrations and 2019.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 2 years ago

This is terrific advice.  We need to balance work and our personal lives.  It gets tricky during the holidays because there is just so much to do.

Have a great week!

Posted by Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro (Innovative Realty Solutions Group) almost 2 years ago

Great reminder to calm down and take it easy during stressful events and times.

Posted by ba`B Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Joy. This is thoughtful and important. Many suffer but few are able to get out of their own way. 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 2 years ago

Meditation is a great way to get relaxed - and breathing is key as you mention. Great tips, Joy.  I was going to try to be clever and come withsome about "Putting Joy back in the holidays." At any rate, thanks again for the good advice. :) 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 2 years ago

Joy is my season Michael Jacobs - but my birthday is in May! I am going to do a "joy" post for fun!  Have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) almost 2 years ago

Thank you Dee Toohey , Bob Ratliff and Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  I am going to be putting up "joy" post too!  Have a very Merry Christmas!

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) almost 2 years ago