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Stress : Simple Tips for Mindful Holidays

From The Calmful Holidays Book

1. Breathe, Pause, Breathe

Have you ever noticed that when you're happy, your body feels open, calm and relaxed? The opposite is also true: when you're stressed, overwhelmed or in the grip of a difficult emotion, the body is tight, constricted and closed off.

A few deep, even breaths can help make space inside -- physically by opening our chests and oxygenating our blood, and emotionally by helping us see the gap between us and what we're feeling and thinking. If you take some deep breaths when you're driving or waiting in line, you'll be more likely to remember to breathe when things get tense.

2. Be a Friend to Your Feelings

If a close friend came over to talk about some life challenge, chances are you'd do your best to listen intently and offer your unconditional support. Yet how often do we extend this same kindness to ourselves? When a challenging situation occurs, see if you can bring that same loving, nonjudgmental acceptance to your own emotions. You might find that when you don't fight them or keep them going with the stories you tell yourself, your feelings have space to arise, and leave, more quickly.

3. Time for Yourself Is a Gift to Everyone

So often we are spread so thin that we feel we can't take time for ourselves. It's especially true at the holidays, when our busy social schedules keep us on constant fast-forward. But when we honor our own needs and take the time -- for yoga, meditation, a trip to the gym or just a silent walk in nature -- we return refreshed, more resilient and more present to the needs of others. When we can be fully present with whatever is happening in our lives, we become like the eye of the hurricane -- a calmful center regardless of what's whirling around us.

© 2015 Natural Vitality

The Calmful Holidays Book

The Calmful Holidays Book will help you enjoy calm, conscious holidays, with
  • 5 not-so-typical holiday recipes;
  • easy yoga poses for digestion, energy and calm;
  • a mineral for promoting calm;
  • a calm approach to mindfulness;
  • the coolest holiday decorating, ever.
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