On Holiday Stress
Posted on 22 November 2016
It’s that time of the year again folks! Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is this week and another busy holiday season begins. Like many people, I already am feeling that empty pit in my stomach that is the result of stress, overwhelm, and uncertainty.
During this season it is also so easy to move away from our healthy routines in favor of excess (eating, drinking, shopping, etc). I’ve come up with some ways that we can stay on track and find balance and ease in our days.
Our days are busy and it is hard to not get caught in the trap of waking up and going 100 MPH right away. When you wake up in the morning, take just 1-5 minutes to focus on your breath. Avoid picking up your phone and scrolling Instagram or Facebook first thing. I know it is tempting! It makes a huge difference in how my day goes. And at night, right before going to sleep, do the same thing. I sometimes listen to a Yoga Nidra guided meditation on my Insight Timer (iPhone App) when going to sleep - heavenly!
Because we are so busy, time flies by and we wonder where it goes! Throughout the day, take a few deep belly breaths to remind yourself of the present moment. The definition of Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Stop and smell the roses in your life.
Every single day, find a way to move your body! Whether that is a HIIT workout, yoga, kickboxing, running, walking, etc. Just move! Sweat! And breath! It’s colder this time of year as well, so waking up early to exercise (after a few minutes of meditation of course!) is difficult. Try and remember how much better you will feel after. That is what keeps me going.
Find your tribe - those people in your life who are on a similar spiritual path, with whom you can communicate with and talk through the stress. When we bottle up our feelings, they turn into disease unless we are honest with ourselves and others.
We are human, which means we can’t give 100% all the time. There will be times during this season where you will eat too much, drink too much, or forget to meditate. It is all good! Just reset and start again fresh the next day. Don’t be too hard on yourself.