Getting through the holidays stress free

The lead up to Christmas can be a stressful time what with making sure everyone is happy, the presents are all wrapped and under the tree,  the food is all ordered, the cards are delivered and so on and so on.

So, lets take five minutes to just BREATHE! Yes, simple advice BUT how many of us just take a moment, stop, consciously breathe and  get away from the thoughts that constantly invade us.Probably not many of us and probably not enough for those who are more disciplined.

Ok, so here goes….. stop, get comfortable, you don’t have to sit in a Lotus Position or on a meditation stool, just where you are, as long as you are safe!! Just be comfortable.

Notice your breath, what does it feel like?

On an inhale, where do you feel it? What parts of your body does it reach? How many counts do you take to inhale? Is it a different count from your exhale?

Can you make your breath coherent, same length for each inhalation and same count for each exhalation, (e.g. in for 4 out for 6)? A rhythmic breath pattern is the best breath pattern to make physiological changes to reduce stress and enable you to be more positive and efficient.

Notice if your mind wanders, and then just gently bring it back to focus on your breath. Don’t worry if your mind keeps wandering, notice and be kind to yourself and gently bring it back, everytime. Start with a minute or two of observing your breathing and build up slowly, so remember this is YOU taking time to be kind to yourself. Hey, no one is perfect. Great things take time and effort. Even breathing takes focus!

Try it, see how good it makes you feel.

And each time you notice any anxieties or worries start to arise then remember this is a skill you can use at anytime.

You can do it! You are everything you need!!

Lots of love and happy stress-free holidays.



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