Blast Holiday Stress with These 3 Tips!

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Christmas bells are ringing and holiday cheer is setting in but with the excitement of the holidays comes stress for many new moms. With shopping, cooking, relatives visiting, and your new baby’s needs there is so much to juggle. Whether it’s your first holiday as a new family or you’ve been around the block a few times it’s always important to remember to slow down and take time for your personal self care- me time is crucial. It’s your gift to yourself.

All you need is 5 minutes, a comfortable area to sit in peace and quiet, perhaps a nice scented candle, and you’re all set. Create the space for yourself to relax and focus intentionally on your breathing. Come to a comfortable seated position whether that is in a chair, on the bed, or on the floor with your legs crossed, elongate your spine so you are sitting tall and firm on your sits bones. On each inhale draw cool breath in through your nose, and exhale and sigh the warm breath out through the mouth. Do this at least 5 times. Then each inhale continue to draw breath in through the nose and on your exhales allow the breath to exit through the nostrils.

Choose serenity, choose peace, on each inhale, and release stress, tension and anxiety on the exhales. Quiet the mind and the ego- that voice that takes you out of the moment. If complete silence is not your thing, then focus on an affirmation- a positive thought that you can silently repeat as you sit, for example- “I choose balance. I am grounded in the present moment”.

When you are ready for your next inhale and reach the arms overhead and exhale the hands to your heart. Gently remind yourself throughout the day to stay grounded and balanced- remember when you are holding space for serenity, nothing can shake you from your bliss- not even a massive line at the department store.

3 Simple Tips for a Sane Holiday Season:

  • Set realistic expectations.Schedules are tight, jobs are demanding, baby’s have needs and there are multiple variables that affect how long it takes to get tasks done. Things just take time. Give yourself enough time to get through your list of tasks and delegate where you can. If you have shopping to do- try to tackle most of it online. Perfection is truly an illusion. You don’t have to escape to a four-day retreat to start meditating or finding a state of calm, just take those ten minutes in between feedings to get up and sit with yourself in silence. This will give you enough space and time to realign and find confidence in this practice.
  • Just breathe.Calming the mind is one of the hardest things for parents to do and one of the most basic tenets of meditation. Whether you’re in a line at the grocery store or sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, focus on your breath and its feeling, its sounds, its sensations. Before you know it your ten minutes will be up and you will feel less stressed and more calm. Added bonus- carry an essential oil with you- perhaps lavender for relaxation or a citrus oil for invigoration, place a drop on in your palms and rub your hands together and take 10 deep breaths. This will slow down the stress response in the body and release happy hormones into your bloodstream.
  • Get your Om on. The hectic holiday season can take a toll on your body, which may feel already taxed due to the demands of new motherhood. Allow yourself to relish in yoga poses that nourish your body. Your yoga practice doesn’t just have to be relegated to the mat. Take this 4 part sequence and apply it to your life.

Give yourself the gift of wellness, your body will thank you. Happy healthy holidays!

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