Has holiday stress got you down? Not to worry. Most of us feel we have too much to do over the holidays and this makes us feel stressed out.
While researching my new book Happy Habits: Energize Your Career and Life in 4 Minutes a Day, I discovered that anyone can reduce stress quickly and easily.
Simply view stress as an inner alert system. When you feel stressed, it’s a reminder that you need to stop, breathe deeply and shift to a more positive mindset. Research shows that you when you raise your energy, you feel happier, more positive and less stressed.
The fastest way to raise your energy is to stop, breathe deeply and do a one-minute Happy Habit. There are 40 proven Happy Habits in the book, but here are three that you can use anywhere to help you reduce holiday stress.
Here are three one-minute Happy Habits you can do any time you are feeling overwhelmed with any type of stress including holiday stress.
1) Happy Habit #1: Gratitude
Breathe deeply and think of three things you are grateful for right now and why you are for them. Gratitude is a proven way to raise your energy. It helps you focus on the present moment and what is good right now in your life. Research from Shawn Achor also shows that if you think about why you are grateful for someone of something that the gratitude goes deeper and has more impact.
2) Happy Habit #2: Mindful Breathing-Stretches
Do three full body stretches while breathing deeply three times from the diaphragm. A great way to do a full body stretch is to breathe in while you bend your knees and scoop your arms below you and then straighten up and breathe out while you bring your arms over your head in a circle and out to your sides. Pause and then do three more mindful-breathing stretches. Like all Happy Habits, this is a quick mind-body-soul exercise that you can do in just one minute. It is a proven way to raise you energy quickly and easily. Do it slowly and gently to get the best results.
3) Happy Habit #3: All is Well Affirmation
Breathe deeply and affirm “All is well” several times. Affirmations are a great way to shift to a more positive mindset. This affirmation was recommended to me by my spiritual coach and teacher, Matt Kahn, of TrueDivineNature.com. I’ve found this Happy Habit to be particularly useful, especially when I feel overwhelmed or things are not going well. It is a wonderful reminder that things always work out for our highest good and that – indeed – all is really well.
Try one Happy Habit now. How do you feel? Hopefully, you feel more grounded, centered and calm. If so, the Happy Habit worked for you. Remember that happiness is not about feeling an emotional high. True happiness is an inner state of well-being and joy. Happiness is your natural state and you can return to it at any time – even in the middle of the holidays when you are experiencing stress. To get all 40 Happy Habits and the Happy Habits Plan, buy the Happy Habits book today.
InspiredWork is pleased to announce that the Happy Habits audiobook is now available. In addition, InspiredWork has lowered the price of both the Happy Habits eBook (from $7.99 to 2.99) and the Happy Habits paperback book (from $14.99 to $9.99) so that more people can give and receive the gift of happiness (and less stress) this holiday season.
Here is a list of book formats, prices and links where the book is currently available.
Available on Amazon
Available on Audible and iTunes
InspiredWork™ is an online job search training, personal branding and career transformation company that helps professionals create their own inspired work and brand so they can be happy at work and love their life. InspiredWork is the publisher of the Happy Habits: Energize Your Career and Life in 4 Minutes a Day book, which is written by Vicki Morris, Career Happiness Coach and Founder of InspiredWork.com. Visit http://www.inspiredwork.com/media-kit for more details about the Happy Habits book.
About Vicki Morris (the Author of Happy Habits)
Vicki Morris is the Career Happiness Coach, founder of InspiredWork.com and creator of the InspiredWork™ Career Transformation System, blending twenty-five years of experience as a high tech hiring manager, inspirational business leader, brand strategist, career mentor, and spiritual practitioner. InspiredWork helps professionals raise their energy with Happy Habits and create their own inspired work and brand so they can be happy at work and love their life.
Prior to InspiredWork, Vicki was the founder and CEO of a global marketing agency. Before that, she was VP of Marketing at several Global 2000 and Inc. 500 software companies. Earlier in her career, she launched Java at Sun and was awarded the President’s Award. Vicki started her career at Oracle, while completing her MBA at the University of Chicago. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. During her career, Vicki published numerous articles and presented at conferences in more than 30 countries.
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