1. Make time for yourself
We all seem to be our own worst enemy when it comes to this. Now is not the time to skip your yoga practice, meditation time, gym workout, morning jog or whatever it is that brings you peace and keeps you centered. You are actually more productive when you take time to do the things you enjoy.
2. BreatheTake time each day to practice breathing. A simple three part deergha breath, relaxing nodi shodana or deep belly breath will help relax, calm and clear your mind and body.
3. Stay in the momentFocus on this moment in time. Don’t worry about who is making the big meal, how many gifts you have to buy or how you are going to get everything done with the crazy schedule you already keep. Let it all go and be in this moment. Concentrate on the task at hand, not what you will need to do in the future or what was done in the past. Let it go. It sounds simplistic but we cause ourselves and others needless suffering worrying about things that we have no control over, matter very little in the grand scheme of things or more than likely will never happen.
4. Eat right and get enough sleep
SO important! If you don’t take care of your body, it won’t take care of you. You know how much sleep you need to be at your best. Make the time to get a good night’s rest. If it means skipping that extra holiday party, so be it. If the gifts don’t get wrapped tonight, they will tomorrow or the day after. Maybe you go with gift bags this year. Again, most of the things we stress ourselves out over aren’t really important in the larger Universe. Don’t settle for fast food, junk food or processed food. It is so easy to overindulge or worse, eat poorly during the holidays. This is not to say that you can’t enjoy that Thanksgiving turkey or coconut custard pie. As in all things, moderation is the key. Give your body the fuel it needs to be at its best. Give it too much unhealthy fuel and it (and you) will stall.
5. Remember what the holidays are really about. A healthy happy you is more important to your family, friends and co-workers than whether they got a tie or sweater that was the perfect shade of cerulean blue. The holidays are about being together, laughing together and showing our love for one another. That includes you.
Here’s wishing you peace in this, and every moment.