Oh, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season! The last two weeks wrapping up this year have come in a hurry and they will go just as quickly. So I thought I would provide some helpful tricks for staying present and delightfully chilled out this festive season:
- Take a restorative yoga class or do some restorative yoga postures – The need to go, go, go can wait, wait, wait. I personally have never been so drawn to restorative postures until recently. The stillness and pause from movement and constantly going is a welcomed retreat. Try reclined bound angle (supta baddha konasana) for at least 5 minutes making sure there is nothing but complete relaxation in the legs, hips and shoulders.
- Stop, look and listen – With all of the parties, gatherings and events going on, it’s so easy to get caught up in the conversations, food and beverage that we miss the surroundings. This time of year is so pleasant to just admire with the twinkling lights, smells of pine and cinnamon and sounds of beautiful music. Make a little time to step back from the social scene and let your senses soak up the warming, glittering atmosphere around you.
- Meditate or journal – Reflecting on the past is especially common as we close off another 365-day cycle to then prepare for a shiny, new year. But all of the focus on the past and future leave little room for your presence. Practice a brief meditation on breathing in clarity and focus and breathing out presence. Imagine your physical body becoming energetically expansive as your breathe out presence, as if you are taking up more space where you are. If you prefer expressing yourself by journaling, consider where you are in life. Are you content with your current position? Is there something that you could do right now that could make you feel more comfortable here? Focus on not what you can do in the future to make things better, but what you could do immediately to change you now (see steps 1 and 2).
Stay healthy and well-rested, my friends. Cheers to a happy holiday season and a grounded start to a new year!
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