Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays as homes across the country are filled with delicious food and families come together to give thanks. It’s the beginning of a truly magical time of year; but, it can also be the beginning of a season marked with stress, anxiety and frustration.
Every year we say it’s going to be different… We’re going to move slower, more mindfully, filled with kindness and appreciation rather than frustration.
Yet, it’s hard to remain grounded in a world that’s always shifting – a world of long lines, traffic jams, never-ending to do lists, and obligation after obligation.
You don’t have to lose yourself though, and you don’t have to fear the holiday months. By empowering yourself with a few simple techniques you can strengthen your inner peace and actually enjoy the holiday season.
Scenario 1: You’re stuck in line that seems to never end and your blood pressure is rising.
Inner-peace Technique: Ground yourself in love.
Close your eyes, bring your right hand over your heart, take a deep breath, and remind yourself why you’re there in line. Are you shopping for loved ones? Preparing for a party? As you continue to breathe think of the joy that the gift will bring to your friend, or the fun you’ll have at the party. Imagine your heart and the love inside radiating through your body. Then before you open your eyes, send out loving thoughts to all of those around you. Remember, they’re all in the same boat.
Scenario 2: You’re to do list is a mile long and you beginning to feel extremely overwhelmed.
Inner-peace Technique: Refresh your energy.
Move into all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders, your knees under your hips, and your feet out behind you. As you inhale, gently arch your spine and move your gaze up to the sky. Imagine sunlight streaming upon your face and entering every pore of your body. As you exhale, round your back and drop your head, pulling your belly button up and towards your spine. Imagine soaking up all of that energy and letting it seep into your body. Repeat for ten or so breaths and feel the new energy move throughout you.
Scenario 3: Everyone seems to want or need something. Your calendar is booked and you’re exhausted from rushing from one place to the next.
Inner-peace Technique: Literally slow down.
It might seem like the world is going to end if you don’t make it to your meeting on time – and I’m not saying you should always be late – but sometimes the best thing you can do is literally slow down. As you find yourself practically jogging from one thing to the next, try moving slower – when you walk down the hall, shake out your shoulders, loosen your hands, wiggle around a little. Each step you take, take with care, with awareness. Slowing down your body allows your mind time to transition and adjust to new surroundings, new situations.
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These are just a few ways to ground yourself and find inner peace even when the world around you seems to be spinning out of control. And don’t forget to schedule a little self-care time – it’s the best way to stay healthy throughout the holidays.
If you have other techniques that help you deal with the stress of the holiday season please share in the comment section below, we’d love to hear them!
And I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving.
By: Erin Madore
Erin Madore is known for her radiant energy, bright smile and willingness to get real. After moving past her own barriers to happiness she knew that she could help other women though the same mindful yet bold approach she used to create a joyful, engaging life.
As a writer, life coach and wellness warrior Erin is dedicated to empowering and inspiring women through her writing, e-books, workshops and one-on-one sessions. Dedicated to helping people find clarity, direction and confidence Erin loves connecting with people on their journey to blissful well-being and happiness. She lives by the Helen Keller’s quote, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” and encourages all of us to embrace all of life, every day.