December 19, 2015

3 Steps to Combat Holiday Stress.

stress reduction

We are right in the thick of the holiday season, and for many of us that means a rush of activities.

Parties, happy hours, shopping, wrapping, and other holiday preparations fill up every free moment. There are beautiful glittery, flashing lights everywhere. Holiday music blares from every retail store speaker. Even if you’re doing your shopping from the comfort of your own home online, there are a million things competing for your attention while you shop for Grandma’s perfect gift.

Ooh! Look! Someone just liked the photo I posted to Facebook of my daughter with Santa!

What was I talking about, again?

Oh, yes. The holidays. And how there’s so much happening during the season, it can be overwhelming and difficult to focus…

I’m a yoga teacher, so it’s my professional obligation to recommend a yoga class as an anecdote to just about everything that ails you (I think it’s in the Yoga Alliance’s code of ethics or something). But, I’m not going to do that right now because I think adding something else to your already busy schedule might not be the best way to combat the overstimulation. In fact, I’ve noticed that many yoga classes today (with their blaring pop playlists, neon-clad students, and complicated pose sequences) can actually add to the sense overload many of us experience during our busiest times.

Here’s what I suggest instead:

Here’s a simple, two minute practice you can do at your desk (when you take a break from work or shopping for Grandma), before bed, or any time you just. want. to. make. the. noise (errr, I mean holiday cheer). Stop. 

As a bonus, it’s also a great way to soothe tired, dry, computer eyes.

Holiday Stress

Try this:

  1. Take a deep breath as you rub your hands together, creating some warmth.
  1. Bring palms to your eyes, and let your fingers will rest lightly on your forehead. This will give a very light pressure and block out all stimulating light.
  1. Breathe. Focus on the air entering your lungs. Feel the warmth on your eyes. Enjoy the dark. Stay here for about a minute or longer if you can.

Lather, rinse, repeat any time you need a break.

What’s your favorite way to unwind from the busiest times in life?





Author: Erica Rodefer Winters

Editor: Renée Picard

Images: Eamon Curry/Flickr / via the author


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