There’s a hidden side to the holiday season. With colder weather, heavier foods, frequent guests and long shopping lists, stress can multiply ten-fold. Many of us feel like we never have a moment to ourselves during the holiday season. These feelings can take away from the real meaning of this time of year. Use your yoga routine to give back to yourself and stay centered.
One of the most important ways to alleviate stress is to maintain a schedule. Too often we let get togethers and parties mess up our daily routine. Socialization can only be fully enjoyed if we take care of ourselves. Make a commitment to practice your yoga routine daily. The morning can be a great time to take a moment for ourselves. Even 20 minutes of yoga centers our minds and bodies for a busy day.
Make your yoga sanctuary soothing. Clear away unnecessary items. Use light colors and sparse design if possible. Don’t forget the power of music; A relaxing playlist can help you forget any worry or stress. You may find it beneficial to journal at the end of each yoga session. Just a few minutes of free writing can clear your head.
While taking care of your body with yoga, don’t forget about your diet. Sure, holiday food can make us pack on the pounds quickly. Indulgent foods do more than widen our waistlines. They also disturb our digestive tracts, causing us to feel bloated and tired. Stick to a balanced diet and allow yourself your favorite holiday treat one or two times a week. Knowing you have a chance to indulge later on can help you say no to temptation now. Alternate between water and green tea to keep yourself hydrated.
Shopping and spending money is often the biggest sources of stress of the holiday season. Instead of spending big bucks on flashy gifts, go the personalized route. Choose gifts that fit the recipient. At the end of the day, more personalized gifts, handmade items or experiences can create a stronger bond with family and friends.
Finally, don’t forget to give to yourself. Time alone doing what you enjoy is one of the best presents. Include meditation, prayer or even time outdoors with your yoga. You’ll find that this quality time alone will help you remember the importance of the holiday season. When we treat our minds and bodies with respect, it’s much easier to remain calm and tranquil.
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