Some of the common ‘stress hamper’ delights include:
> Who’s family to spend Christmas with.
> Which parent will have the kids for Christmas.
> Choosing gifts for loved ones.
> Choosing gifts for the ‘not entirely loved’ ones.
> How can we afford this Christmas?
> Too much left to do at work before the end of the year.
> Not enough work to see me through the holidays.
> Tired and emotional kids (and parents)
> Missing loved ones.
> Having to spend time with the ‘not entirely loved’ ones.
> Too many commitments, not enough time.
Any of these sound familiar? If so then perhaps you need a few techniques to get you through the holidays. These simple strategies may save your sanity, help regulate your nervous system, aid in digestion and immune system function and increase your over all coping mechanisms.
1) BREATHE- Breathe Rhythmically & Evenly with Acceptance Through Hard Emotions
This is about noticing when things are stressful and doing your best to focus on your breath to help regulate your emotions.
2) MOVE- Move Overloaded or Vulnerable Energy
Connect into your body at times of stress, take notice when there is energy that needs to be discharged or dispersed- run, jog, walk, dance, stretch, jump up and down or even stamp your feet (try it, it feels very satisfying).
3) SPACE- Set-aside Peaceful Alone time, Creating Expansion
We all need to remember to stop, pause and be still. This time of the year is so busy and rushed, therefore it is even more crucial that we remember to give ourselves some space. You may wish to meditate, take a walk in nature, sit under a tree, take a bath or even sit in the dark and stare at the Christmas lights. However it suits you, make being still and peaceful a priority, it's so vital to our emotional health and overall wellbeing.
This year my mantra is "Give less presents and be more present"
Here is a link to my ten minute mindfulness meditation to help you be more present this Christmas.
Take care and be kind to yourself.