If your calendar is looking a little too filled…
The familiar ball of anxiety is starting to get stuck in your stomach, your body is feeling exhausted and, as much as you want to enjoy all the Christmas festivities, you don’t know how you’re going to get through the Christmas drinks four weekends in a row.
Oh, and to top this off, there’s the Christmas shopping list, and somehow you just know that your cousins, friends and kids won’t see gratitude as much of a gift.
Your mind is in overdrive with everything you have to get done before, well, the one day you get to relax … and is hanging out with all the extended family the best way to relax? (You can answer this one.)
Don’t worry; I’ve figured out a few simple tips on how you can totally, utterly, 100% recharge when it’s the last thing on your mind.
And it’s all about slowing down your breathing, relaxing and focusing on you.
Sounds simple and amazing, right?
Well, we’re all about you time, because if you can’t give yourself the love you need to be the incredible person you are, I guarantee you won’t make it through the festive season without wilting and feeling zapped.
Now, after you’ve read this article, schedule some time in your day. It can be morning, afternoon or evening, but make sure it’s every day.
Block out even just five or ten minutes if that’s all you’ve got, but the serious, deep recharging happens after about 20 minutes. (You’ll thank me later). Try this:
- Put your phone and laptop down, and turn off the TV. Leave all devices behind and find some nature. Find your inner hippie. Taking the shoes off is a must. It doesn’t have to be the beach, although this happens to be my pick. It can be the local park, your backyard— anything. As long as the soles of your feet are hitting the ground, you can hear nature around you and you can feel the breeze on your face. Your heartbeat starts to slow, your mind begins to drop down a beat and you are suddenly in the flow of the universe.
- Stay here as long as you can.
- Repeat every day.
- Time in nature has proven to be the medicine you need to fight stress. And a fun fact: it only takes three deep breaths to get from the fight or flight mode to Savasana. Try it.
- You might even find a tree, perch your back against its beautiful trunk and stare at the clouds or maybe play in the sand with a few handstands or rolls down a dune.
- And with summer hitting in the southern hemisphere, you know about the incredible positive ions bubbling in the ocean. Dunk yourself in the water and feel your worries float away.
- The ocean clears your energy field, cleanses your chakras, clears away toxins and detoxifies the body. (Pretty good reasons to get a dose of Vitamin Sea every day if you can).
- Repeat until Christmas (although for incredible and joyous well-being, keep it going all year round).
Nature is about as recharging any one of us can get. Put down the devices, get out and lap up the glorious sunshine and serenity of Mother Nature.
Sometimes it’s the simplest of ideas that are the most effective.
I didn’t say it was easy, but try it… you won’t regret it.
Image Credit @danibowern