So here we are in the holiday times of the year. It’s a wonderful time, but it can also be a stressful one.
No matter what spiritual path you’re on, , it’s easy to get stressed during the holidays, given everything we try to get done then. Even if we’re working hard at making merry, we all can use a way to let go of stress at holiday time
Let me make you an early holiday gift of one…(It’s a gift that keeps giving…)
The next time you’re feeling anxious, angry, overwhelmed or down, instead of suffering, try this:
Take a deep breath, and
Look up at the ceiling.
(Repeat as needed…)
Give it a try now. Think of something that brings you down (income taxes, your least-favorite co-worker, cleaning out the fridge,…). Notice how it makes you feel,where it hits you in the body and in the spirit…
Then breath deep and look up. Feel the difference?
While it’s no substitute for Prozaac, most people find that when they do this, they feel more positive, centered and able to cope with whatever’s going on in their lives.
Why does this work?
When we’re stressed, we breath in a short and shallow way. Breathing deeply and slowly triggers a mind-body connection saying “all is well”, and actually puts us in a better place, health and emotion-wise. Looking up seems to strengthen this reaction ( and when I’m facing challenges, I find looking up valuable for spiritual reasons as well…).
I like to think that we’re all hardwired with ways to change our beliefs, heal ourselves, find our centers and create our own best lives.
And, by the by, this technique is not just for the holidays, but works all year long. …
In any case, remember next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or down, breath deep and look up… and have a better day (or holiday)
PS and just a thought- don’t do this in front of your pushy aunt Margaret, your boss or any other person that is contributing to stress you’re feeling. They will surely take it the wrong way and this is the path to more stress…
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