Don’t Let the Holidays Turn into the HOLIDAZE

Sometimes I think the holidays are put in place to test us as human beings, to humble us and to drive us crazy enough to maybe make a change in the New Year. Lets face it; the holidays are as emotionally messy as a toddler trying to eat a bowl of spaghetti and sauce. Accordingly, I have decided to implement a few strategies in the hopes of smoother sailing going forward.

I’ve found that it’s pretty much impossible to feel frustration when you are actively practicing gratitude. Before an event, take a deep breath in for 4 counts, hold for 2 counts, and then breathe out for 4 counts. Do this 3 or 4 times and your nerves will settle, your blood pressure will lower and you will be able to open your heart to the beauty around you.

Next up is sleep – the key to optimal living. I try to have a solid bedtime routine equipped with a really calming tea. The warmth of the tea is very soothing and sets the tone for a good nights rest.

Next up is movement. If I don’t have some sort of dedicated movement in my day, I get cranky. No one wants a crank Holiday guest. Whether it’s a walk, a work out or some stretching at home, movement gets the kinks out of your body and your mind.

And, finally, is something I learned from Deepak Chopra called “earthing”. I know, it sounds pretty out there, but it really is about connecting with nature, whether that means breathing in fresh air or even touching a tree, connecting to the rhythms of nature can reduce inflammation in your body and put you at ease so that you can walk into your next Holiday event with energy, compassion and vitality.

Good luck everyone! 

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