Feeling stressed at the holidays? Help is as easy as 1-2-3.
Instead of getting stressed out, try utilizing this three-part breathing exercise to try to take a moment for yourself so you don't fall down a hole of Holiday Despair.
It’s quick, simple, yet surprisingly effective.
1 - Sit comfortably - or lie down if you prefer. Close your eyes, take a deep breath in, counting 1, 2, 3.
Continue to do this for about 5 minutes. During inhales think "peace." While holding the breath think "calm." During exhales think "release."
There, that feels better, now doesn't it?
It’s important to start a regular breathing or meditation practice now, before the holiday season is in full swing so we have it ingrained within us to react to “negative” situations with grace. This season has a stereotype that it must be stressful, but we don’t have to buy into it. In fact, we can show that the stereotype is just that and show everyone around us that this season is really for good will, family, friendship, love, peace, clarity and a rebirth before the new year. Remember, it’s as simple as 1-2-3!
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