|Warmest greetings to you all!|
Well, here we are with Christmas only just around the corner and how quickly this year has flown! 2011 has, to say the least, been unpredictable…. A lot of people have experienced difficult, chaotic, or challenging times, and finding ways to keep balanced amidst all the changes going on in the world and in our own lives is quite a task, isn’t it?
These are uncertain times and it’s very easy to get caught up in the general anxiety that abounds. Any kind of pressure and change can be nerve-wracking, and having the helter-skelter of activities that comes with the festive season to cope with as well is probably the last thing you want to deal with right now!
There’s no doubt that time feels as though it’s speeding up. And this never leaves us with enough time to do all the things we need to do. But it’s really important for all of us to find ways of taking time to pause every now and again so we can ease the strain.
So here’s a few tips for Surviving Festive Stress – and any other kind of stress for that matter!! :
STOP and BREATHE! Place both hands over your heart and feel the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe. Watch yourself breathing for five breaths. Now watch yourself for another five breaths. And then another five. It takes less than a minute to breathe five breaths. If you kept doing five breaths at a time for five minutes, you could really help to slow down your racing mind and become less wired. Five minutes isn’t too much to ask, is it? And if you can make it ten minutes – all the better!
Give yourself a COMFORT HUG. Place your open right palm flat beneath your left armpit just around the side of your breast and wrap your left hand around those nobbly bones on either side of your right elbow which you can feel when it’s bent. Hold and breathe slowly in and out for three breaths. Then change hands and repeat the other side. This exercise is great for comforting yourself if you’re suffering from overwhelm or lack of support.
DISSOLVE THE STRESS by sitting down and lightly placing the pads of your fingers on your forehead and your thumbs on your temples. Hold firmly but with no pressure for a minute or two until you start to feel yourself calming down. You’ll be surprised just how effective this simple technique can be.