The holidays can be a stressful time of year; there are parties to go to, nails and hair to get done, dresses to buy, presents to find, and still our regular day-to-day activities to do….at least, that’s how it used to be. This year, there are no parties, you can’t get your hair or nails done in many places, it doesn’t really matter what you wear on Christmas Day. The presents, though? That one is still on everyone’s list, and can be a lot harder to figure out this year with stores being closed. Whether you’re stressed because of the mad dash to the grocery store, trying not to go too near another human, stressed because your package is still not delivered, or just need a little bit extra to get you through, these easy 5 self-care tips can help you feel just a little more relaxed.
Yes, this is on my list and everyone else’s self-care list and everything wonderful you can do by yourself because IT WORKS. I have high anxiety (have you noticed?) and severe migraines and just the simple act of breathing helps. Sitting in front of the Christmas tree all lit up, drinking a coffee or tea, and just breathing and focusing on the moment has helped me feel more of that Christmas spirit, even if Christmas looks way less busy this year. If you need more than that, try a more traditional meditation:
Find a comfortable spot to sit so you’re either cross-legged (like on a yoga mat. If you have tight hips like I do, use a blanket, block, or bolster to get your hips off the ground and for a better feel) or sitting in a chair with your feet flat on the ground.
Put your palms face down on either of your knees.
Close your eyes and focus only on yourself.
Breathe in through your nostrils, letting your whole body fill with air. Breathe in deeply and slowly so that your stomach, chest and ribs expand to let in your breath.
Breathe out through your nostrils slowly, paying attention to how your chest will fall first, then your stomach.
Focus on your body filling with air, expanding and contracting as you let your breath out.
If you are having trouble focusing on your breath and need a little something extra to quiet your mind (believe me, it’s hard!)…