5 Self-Care Strategies to Outsmart Holiday Stress

Often during the holiday season we hear that to take care of others we must first take care of ourselves. Here's how to feel more ease and less drained.

You’ve heard it before: To take care of others you must first take care of yourself. Although this may seem selfish or even impossible when time isn’t on your side (that holiday is only how many days away now?), choose any of the following practices to help yourself tune in to your mind and body. We think you’ll find the kind of ease and rejuvenation that can make you believe.

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1. Take 10 to meditate.

meditation, candle light

Give yourself 10 minutes to tune in and transform negative thoughts through meditation.

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2. Get out of your head and into your body.

To help ease you out of the mindspin of seasonal obligations and pressures, use this practice designed to cultivate balance between focused attention and relaxed awareness

3. Let your mind follow your breath.

Shiva Rea performs Jaya Mudra.

Tap into the natural rhythm of your breath and let it carry your mind into meditation.

4. Just breathe.

woman doing chandra bhedana moon breath meditation pranayama

No matter where you are and how many other things you are doing, you are also breathing. The beautiful thing about that is that by controlling the breath you can alter your state of mind. Pick a pranayama practice to keep in your pocket at all times.

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5. Rest deeply.

Restorative Dec 14 Salamba Supta Baddha Konasana Supported Reclining Bound Angle Pose

Allow yourself time to recharge with restorative yoga as often as possible during the busy winter season. These calming postures open you up for more loving interactions with yourself and your loved ones all season.

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