The holiday season is often associated with joy and happiness, but it can also be a source of stress and anxiety for many people. With so many things to do and events to attend, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted.
One way to approach the holiday stress is to move your body regularly. Even if you don't have time for a full workout, taking a brisk walk or doing some yoga moves can help clear your mind and make you feel grounded.
What does “I am important” care look like to you? It’s not easy to prioritize self-care amidst the holiday rush. Try these poses the next time you feel stressed and see if they work for you.
Mountain pose: simple, yet powerful, start by standing tall with your feet hip-width apart and your arms by your sides. Engage your leg muscles and press down into the ground through your feet. Lengthen your spine, lifting the crown of your head towards the ceiling. Relax your shoulders away from your ears and soften your gaze.
The Zen Pose: Sit cross-legged on the floor with your hands resting on your knees. Close your eyes and take deep, slow breaths. Imagine that you are in a peaceful, serene environment, such as a beautiful beach or a quiet forest.
Wonder Woman pose: stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, place your hands on your hips, and keep your chest and head held high. This pose could be useful before heading into family gatherings.
Remember, power poses do not erase stress, but they can help you feel more at ease and in control. Remember that it's okay to say no to things that don't feel nourishing to you, and to make time for the things that do.