Releasing Holiday Stress

December 19, 2017

 

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Can you feel it yet?  It's that time of year that just flies by, sometimes after weeks of preparing.  Wrapping up another year is a beautiful thing, but sometimes during these peak moments we need to find a reminder to slow down and take it in. Whatever you may be celebrating this year the end of the year is an important time to celebrate your life and the lives of those you love. 

 

Here are some ideas of how you can slow down, and take in the season:

 

Get outside!

With so much going on indoors, and under fluorescent or other artificial lighting as well, it's ever more important to get outside.  There's incredibly fun things to do even in the cold, especially in Alabama where we usually enjoy moderate weather. It's good for the heart, mind and body just to be in nature and soak in some real Vitamin D. 

 

Journaling

Are you overwhelmed over too much to do?  For many people (myself included) it really helps to list out tasks, just by writing those tasks down you're using your intention to do something and therefore are more likely to either do it or evaluate steps in how to get it done. 

 

Meditate- it's a beautiful thing!

All you "need" is a candle, or a fixed point to look at about arms distance away and eye level. Get in a comfortable seated position. Remember those "yoga breaths" you've taken?  Deeply breathe in through the nose . . . . . . . and then breathe out through you mouth fully and completely.  Don't worry about if you make any noise. Keep the breath going, it would be helpful the first few times to set a timer for 10 minutes and try this exercise.

 

Sometimes it helps when meditating to have something to "think" about.  Visualizations help to transform any thoughts you may have while you're tuning in.  There are so may ways to do this, one of the earliest that was made known to me was to imagine your thoughts as clouds and let them be carried away in non attachment. 

 

Give yourself some time and space to try this.  It works where ever you are, or may be. If you don't go an entire 10 minutes it's of no consequence, you tried something new!  Here are some more tips for beginning a mediation practice.  

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