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The week before Christmas can be especially challenging for many as we frantically finish up projects and deadlines, juggle family responsibilities, prepare to travel, host family gatherings. We may also be caring for or deeply missing loved ones.
In times like these, it’s important to draw on your self-care resources in order to find a way to stay grounded.
Here are 3 tips to help you manage stress during the holidays.
It occured to me the other day while teaching and explaining the benefits of creating a morning and evening routine, that the evening routine often takes second place or is overlooked.
What if we turned this around?
How you finish the night before will have a significant impact on how you feel in the morning. Instead of thinking of two healthy routines separately, use one to support the other.
Here are three reasons why it’s worth paying attention to how you close your day:
We can’t predict what will happen as the day unfolds but we can set ourselves up in the right way so that we remain centered and focused.
It begins by creating a simple, manageable routine that prepares and supports you both mentally and physically.
I was thinking that you could use a hug today. So instead of a more lengthy post, I’m keeping it short and sweet, hoping this life message will find a way to reach you. When stress and the busyness of life gets too much, we may act uncharacteristically. As we falter, we may have a meltdown, lash out, withdraw or numb out.
Mindful presence is a key component to our yoga practice. It begins with arriving, just as you are.
Whether you are new to yoga or an advanced practitioner, there’s a beauty and a vast sense of possibility when you approach a practice with a beginner’s mind. Letting go of all judgement and comparison to how you were before, whether that be yesterday, last week, before you took a break or many years ago.
As I write this, I notice the changing seasons and a stage of transition. The other day, I was in a summer dress and flip flops (not bad for late September) and today warmer clothing and socks. There’s no going back now. Autumn is here.
I’m much more aware of and in tune with nature’s rhythm than in the past when I’d be impatient for spring to arrive or disappointed when summer was over. I’d try to keep up the same ‘busy’ momentum throughout the year and wonder why it was a struggle to sustain, why I felt off, lethargic, distracted and disconnected from myself and what was needed.
Changing seasons are often marked by letting go of the past, recognizing and accepting the transformation and stepping into the new.