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Finding Your Calm During The Holiday Hustle & Bustle:

Updated: Dec 1, 2023

A Guide to Surviving Stress with Mindfulness, meditation and yoga.


The holiday season, while filled with joy and celebration, can also bring a hefty dose of stress and overwhelm. Between gift shopping, grocery shopping, family gatherings, and year-end work commitments, it's easy to put off self-care and feel like you're running a marathon on empty. This year, consider embracing the power of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga to navigate the holiday hustle & bustle with grace and tranquility. Here are some terrific tips to get you started:








1. Start Your Day with Mindful Intentions:

Begin each day with a few moments of mindfulness. Before the chaos sets in, take a few minutes for deep breathing or a short meditation session. While you do so, set at least one positive intention for the day. This can help you approach tasks with a clear and focused mind.


2. Create a Relaxing Yoga Routine:

Incorporate a short daily yoga routine into your schedule. Choose poses that release tension in your shoulders, neck, and back. These are the common areas of the body that will tense and show physical signs of holiday stress. As little as 10-15 minutes of yoga can significantly impact your overall well-being. If you're unsure where to start, search for Yin or Restorative Yoga practices.


3. Practice Gratitude:

Amidst the holiday rush, reflect on the things you're grateful for. Consider starting a gratitude journal where you jot down a few items each day. It is not always easy to think of something; begin with one thing; it could be as easy as your hot cup of tea or coffee giving you comfort. This simple practice can shift your focus from stressors to positive aspects of your life.



4. Take Mini-Meditation Breaks:

Throughout the day, find moments for mini-meditation breaks. Whether a brief breathing exercise at your desk or a quiet moment in your car, these breaks can reset your stress levels and enhance your overall sense of calm. An easy exercise to start with is 5-7-7 breathing practice. Breathe in for a count of 5, hold for a count of 7, and exhale for a count of 7. Going through the steps ten times or for two minutes can help reset your nervous system.


5. Set Realistic Expectations:

Manage holiday stress by setting realistic expectations for yourself. It's okay to say no to certain commitments and focus on what truly matters. Remember that perfection is not the goal – the joy of the season comes from connection and shared moments.


6 Connect with Community:

Join a yoga class or meditation group during the holidays. Ask a friend to come along. Connecting with like-minded individuals can provide a sense of community and support, reminding you that you're not alone in your quest for a stress-free season.



7. Digital Detox:

Consider taking breaks from your devices, especially social media (but not until you finish reading this 😊). Constant digital connectivity can contribute to stress. Allocate specific times for checking emails and social media and use the rest of the time to be fully present with loved ones or in your personal relaxation.


8. Prioritize Other Forms Self-Care:

In the midst of holiday preparations, don't forget to prioritize other forms of self-care. Whether it's a warm bath, a good book, or a leisurely walk in nature, make time for activities that recharge your energy and bring you joy.


Conclusion:

This holiday season and in the future, make a conscious effort to weave mindfulness, meditation, and yoga into your daily routine. By embracing these practices, you can navigate the season's demands with a calm and centered mind, fostering a sense of well-being that extends well beyond the holidays. Remember, the true spirit of the season lies in moments of joy, Gratitude, and connection.

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