Halloween is so yesterday! It’s time to pack up those witches and ghouls and break out the Thanksgiving decorations! Wait, what’s that? Too soon? Feeling too much pressure?
We totally get it. It seems that in this day and age, just as soon as one holiday ends, another one is upon us (read: being shoved down our throats, threatening to suck the joy out of what is otherwise a very fun holiday). No matter how you feel about the holidays, they are indeed approaching. And along with the holidays come the endless gift lists, mall lineups, and holiday traffic jams in the parking lot (that was my spot, you cotton headed nincompoop!!)
Stay sane and tap into your inner Buddha this holiday season, with these 5 tips from Boho Beautiful:
1. Wake up an hour earlier than everyone else.
Use this hour not to be the first to benefit from some online sale, but rather, to unplug from your devices and to spend some quality time with yourself. Have some tea, read a good book, do some sun salutations, go for a nature walk. Get yourself into a peaceful state so that when the rest of the world wakes up and “life” begins, you step into the bustle completely zenned out.
2. Do this 3-part breath exercise (called “dirgha pranayama”).
This is a great breathing exercise to calm the mind and reduce stress and anxiety. This breathing exercise can be done anywhere whether you are sitting in a traffic jam, at a line at the mall, or just feeling the Holiday anxiety level rise. Here are the steps to master the “3-part breath”:
- Sit or lie down comfortably. Place your hand on your belly and begin to take 3 deep breaths into the belly, feeling it rise and fall.
- Next, move into the rib cage. Taking 3 deep breaths and feel your rib cage expand as you inhale and contact as exhale. Paying attending to that movement continue for 3 breaths.
- Moving upwards to the chest. Place your hand on your chest or your heart. Taking 3 deep breaths, feeling the gentle pressure of your hand and your chest expand on the inhale and release on the exhale. Do that 3 more times.
- At last, combine the 3 breaths into one 3-part breath. Starting with the belly, take a deep breath in feel the belly rise, continue to breathe and move the inhale into your ribs and then your chest. Hold….and then exhale in reversed order chest, then your ribs, then your belly.
3. Turn your shower into a meditative experience.
Is the shower the only time you get to yourself? No problem. Turn it into a cleansing, meditative experience. Use the flow of warm water on your face as a symbol of cleansing and purification. Visualize the water washing away all your worries, fears, and stress into the drain. Watch the water wash your body and watch it continue onwards away from you as you send off any negative thoughts and feelings along with it. Play some soft relaxing music, soap your body with natural cleansing soaps and put the intention out there as you clean your body, that once water stops and all the negative “dirty” water comes off you, you leave it in the drain. You step out of that shower, feeling refreshed, peaceful, happy, and relaxed, ready to take on the day with a positive and happy mindset.
4. Create a home sanctuary.
Your home is your personal space where you should feel completely comfortable and at peace. Try to create a small sanctuary amidst all the rest of our everyday clutter (i.e. to-do lists, the person who cut your off in traffic, etc.) Your sanctuary can be a garden in your backyard that you can take a timeout in, or your bedroom that you can decorate with candles, incense, beautiful quotes and statutes that can remind you of peace and relaxation. Take a moment to sit in your “sanctuary” for at least 5 minutes. You can practice your 3-part breath, or just simply take deep breaths and relax the body and mind. Don’t check your social media or worry about if anyone needs you at that very moment. Five minutes is all you need to reset your mind, clear your head, take a deep breath to finish the day.
5. Do this 10-minute yoga practice to help with digestion after an indulgent holiday meal.
Revolved Triangle Pose
Extended Puppy Pose
Half Gas Relief Pose
Namaste and happy holidays!
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