7 Tips to Help You Enjoy the Holidays More Joyfully


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IMG_1304Cinnamon, spice and everything nice. Oh the scents of the season! This month in Yoga we have been using cinnamon bark oil to enhance our breathing and get us in the spirit of the season.

I know most of us are excited about the upcoming holiday season, but it sure can bring a lot to stress with it too… What to cook and how to present it beautifully, getting those Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations just right, extra house guests to prepare for, troubled family dynamics are just a few of the things we worry about. Below are 7 tips to help us glide through the holiday season a bit more joyfully.

1. DO LESS – ENJOY MORE. We often go overboard. Give yourself permission to scale back this year.
2. WALK AWAY FROM WORRIES – Exercise is a great stress reliever. Couple that with getting out in nature and you’ve got a double whammy stress buster.
3. DON’T SQUEEZE IN MORE HOLIDAY THAN YOU CAN HANDLE. You have every right to decline events graciously. Choose to attend only those that are most important to you and your family.
4. FORGET PERFECTION. Stop obsessing over doing it all. The world is not going to end if the house is a little cluttered or dinner is on the table a few minutes late. Focus your energy on enjoying the people in your life. This saying is overused, but true “don’t sweat the small stuff.”
5. GO TECH FREE – Constant cell phone buzzes and email alerts keep us in a perpetual fight-or-flight mode due to bursts of adrenaline. Put your devices away for a bit. Here is where we put into practice the mother of all yoga principles – BE PRESENT IN THE MOMENT! Give yourself and those around you that beautiful gift.
6. TURN ON THE TUNES. Listening to your favorite tunes or holiday music will lighten the load to whatever you are doing.
7. BREATHE – Most importantly when you do feel the stress level rising – STOP, PAUSE, & TAKE SOME DEEP BREATHS.  Calming down before speaking or reacting is always the best idea.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season with many opportunities to count your blessings!

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