The holidays are a great time to connect with family and friends, and further nurture meaningful relationships. However, the holidays can also be a source of stress: travel plans, holiday parties, delayed flights, financial stress, dealing with large crowds, dealing with unwanted company, and memories of people we’ve lost.
It is during moments like these, that we find ourselves going a mile a minute and not checking in with our thoughts and feelings regarding what is happening around us. It is crucial that we take time to get centered and check-in with ourselves, before we get lost in constant doing.
Here is a simple and quick strategy, from 5 Ways to Find Your Center When Life Feels Overwhelming by Angela Marchesani (link below), to help you stay grounded and healthy during this holiday season:
“Take a moment to stand with your feet a little wider than hip-width apart. Visualize your body as a tree, with your torso representing the trunk and your feet representing the roots. Focus your attention on your core and scan down your legs until you reach your feet. Notice the ground beneath your feet. Feel the strength of your body. You are not “scattered” anymore; you are right here.
When you are able to center yourself in times of distress, you will find that you work more efficiently, relate to others more easily, and feel an improvement in your physical health. Each of the above techniques can be employed anywhere and any time, in just a minute or two.
Experiment with one or all and see what feels right for you.
Life can get hectic, but these simple tools can bring you back to center so that you can enjoy it.”
Gift yourself the present of being present