5 Minute Yoga to Soothe Holiday Stress
The holidays are a time for celebration, but for most people, these months can also be quite stressful. Maybe rambunctious kiddos knocked the mashed potato bowl off the table, or perhaps your in-laws won’t stop asking when you’re having kids. If you’re hosting a holiday get together, it can be particularly difficult to maintain a peaceful outlook and a centered state of being.
However, there are some things you can do to cultivate calm amid the chaos. When you feel yourself teetering on the edge, take some time for yourself. Sneak into your bedroom and practice this 5 minute yoga routine. With these movements, you can realign your mind, body, and spirit in the direction of balance and ease.
Even in the most ideal circumstances, hosting a holiday dinner party can be stressful.
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Child’s pose is perfect for those moments when you’re feeling incredibly harried. Rather than succumb to the stress, drop to the floor. Kneel with the tops of your feet flat against the floor. Spread your knees open, and slowly drop your chest to the floor, while you reach your arms out in front of your head. Allow yourself to feel the openness of your body as you breathe in and release your breath. You should feel your belly rise and fall. Set an alarm on your phone for a minute and 30 seconds, and allow yourself to renew a sense of ease in your body.
Tree pose is a simple way to restore balance between the presence or “beingness” you hope to bring to the holidays and the actions you need to take as a hostess. It’s ideal for that moment when you realize you haven’t delegated enough and you suddenly feel overwhelmed. You can even practice tree pose while you watch the turkey.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Balance on your right leg, and move your left leg to rest against your right calf. If you’re used to this pose, bring your left foot up to your right thigh, while keeping your hips straight. Put your hands on your heart and take a few powerful breaths. Switch sides and do the same routine with the other leg. You may notice that it’s easier to balance on one side over the other, which it totally natural. If you lose your balance, put both of your feet on the floor and take a breath. Come back into the pose when you feel ready.
You can practice tree pose in a variety of different locations.
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Legs Up the Wall
This restorative pose is a nourishing way to let the stress drip off of you. It calms your nervous system, especially if you’ve been on your feet all day preparing for guests. Start by finding a wall that’s clear for you to use. Next, lie down with your hips as close to the wall as possible. If you have tight leg muscles, you can leave some room between your bottom and the wall. Place your arms out from your chest on the floor, making a 90-degree angle with your torso. Repeat an affirmation while you’re relaxing to maximize the peace you feel when you step out of the pose.
These three poses only take a few minutes to complete, but they can make a huge difference in the quality of your holiday. Next time you feel stressed, think about the possibility of stepping away to recharge with a 5 minute yoga session.
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