Want to explore kinder, gentler and more easeful ways to flow through the holidays?
Quell your inner Grinch by following these guidelines.
Enjoy the complementary audio/video practices and related articles inspiring you to take care of yourself as you embrace the holiday season with joy and gratitude.
We can all strike a balance between our festive celebrations and personal care. Moderation is key as things like butter, sugars, cheeses and wine aren’t inherently bad. They’re simply different kinds of energy that, when thoughtfully consumed and balanced, can fuel various levels of exercise, activity and goodness.
From mindfulness to community involvement, these tips will tip you in a most positive direction. Let me know which ones you choose to put into practice! I’m going for all 12! Won’t you join me?
1. Give the gift of being present.
Slow down, and take the time to actually look another person in the eyes – see them, acknowledge them. Whether you give your undivided attention to a loved one or a stranger, for a moment or a minute, your presence is the greatest gift you can give.
Connection is not based on how much time we spend with someone or what we do with them, connection is always based on quality of presence.
2. Breathe deeply
Studies prove that conscious breathing, even when done for only five minutes at a time, stimulates the vagus nerve, activating the parasympathetic system which calms the heart, lowers blood pressure, and eases us into the relaxation response. Read more about toning your Vagus nerve here>>>.
3. Meditate for a few minutes every day.
Make the time to stop, drop and sit daily. Meditation decreases stress and increases happiness.
Enjoy this 6-minute guided meditation with Nancy Ruby
4. Sip hot water between meals
Improve your digestion and immune function. Aim for half your bodyweight in ounces each day. Add sliced ginger for sluggish digestion. Herbal tea is fine too. Read further on the health benefits of water here>>>
5. Make your meals mindful
Choose one meal per day and be 100% present, not distracted or multitasking. Take 3 slow, deep breaths before you eat. Be emotionally ready to receive. Pause for gratitude between bites. Chew thoroughly. Enjoy immensely. Print and read this handout from Nancy.
6. Eat your greens
After a day or rich celebratory foods, dial it back. Think healthy and simple like green smoothies and soups. Stay balanced through the holidays. At YogaMotion we enjoy the convenience and pure, premium super foods from Purium. Check out this video on Pathway to Healthy
7. Move your body daily
Yoga, walking, biking, skiing, dancing. Regular exercise reduces stress and improves your mood!
8. Get Outside
Bundle up and enjoy the outdoors. Sync up to the daily and seasonal rhythms for optimal wellness.
Read here >>> about the benefits of Forest Bathing, i.e. slowing down and becoming immersed in the natural environment, tuning in to the smells, textures, tastes and sights around you.
9. Marinate in gratitude
Make it a habit to reflect on 3 things/people you are grateful for each day. Download and print this gratitude form. Fill it out for 7 days and feel the love!
10. Enjoy the Ayurvedic habit of Self Massage
This radical expression of self-love takes 5 minutes! After your shower, towel off and massage yourself with oil from face to feet. For a special treat, use lavender essential oil. It’s a wonderful way to end your day.
11. Go to bed early
Choose a night (or three) each week to unplug all electronics an hour before bed. Light some candles. Create a relaxing mood and enjoy the quiet darkness of a winter’s night.
Lights out by 10 PM for maximum rest and rejuvenation.
12. Volunteer your time or donate some of your things…
There are plenty of studies that support the idea that in the act of giving we receive so much. Here are a few local resources you can help in Bozeman. There is also the simple act of buying coffee for the person behind you in line or shoveling your neighbor’s driveway. Enjoy receiving through your gifts of giving.
Bozeman Warming Center
Gallatin Valley Food Bank
Hope & the Holidays
Salvation Army Bozeman