17 Dec How To Stay Calm During The Crazy End Of The Year Festivities
It’s the end of the year. As everything starts to wrap up, life gets even busier than usual. Our social calendars seem to explode with catch-ups here and dinners there. Everything seems to happen at once. Not that we are complaining but, seriously, sometimes it can be a bit much. Trying to fit everything in really can get overwhelming. As much as we love our nearest and dearest, yes, sometimes it doesn’t take much to have you spinning. Where is the chill reset button? Here are four tips to find your calm.
Try these four tips to help you bring in some super-calming energy into your busy life right now. These will shift you from being frantic to fabulously zen immediately.
1. Show your body some love.
Massage, acupuncture, chiropractic — whatever you’ve been considering, now’s the time to make that appointment. Sure you could push it into January, but why not do it now? Low on time or cash? Take five minutes and simply rub your feet. Soak them afterwards while you’re at it. This is the time of year to remember that your body is your temple, and bodywork — whether by a pro or DIY — is a great way to send it some loving. Or take yourself to your favourite yoga studio and indulge yourself in a juicy and oh-so-good Yin Yoga class. You will emerge calm, refreshed and feeling fabulous. Ready to tackle the next big group gathering?
2. Turn your to-do list into an accomplishment list.
Sure, that to-do list is there to help you keep track of all of the things you need to get done. Yet always ticking off — yes, it feels great — and replacing each thing with another to-do can make happiness and success feel unattainable. It feels like a never-ending list. Here’s a trick: At the end of each day, make an accomplishment list. Right before you go to bed, think about three things you’ve accomplished that day. It could be anything. Let’s face it, sometimes doing the simplest thing can be a small miracle! It helps to put yourself into a mindset of success, accomplishment, and happiness — which will help you knock off those remaining to-dos even faster the next day.
3. Sing or scream your heart out.
Yes, you read, correctly. Let’s get to the singing part first. Perhaps you sing in the shower, your car or, heck, walking your dog. If that makes you break out in a cold sweat, maybe feeling nervous about singing out loud? Try whistling or humming instead. Whatever, get your favourite tune ready, headphones on and sing/whistle/hum your heart out. Some dance moves won’t hurt either. Oh, what a feeling! But yes, back to the screaming part… Yep, if you’ve never tried intentionally screaming, give it a go. You can watch any frustration, stress, and anxiety melt away in moments. Ok, maybe don’t choose a crowded place to see how much lung capacity you got in you. Standing on a cliff and screaming at the sea or on a rooftop does wonders though. Sing or scream to instant calm. How good is that?
4. Keep your tech in check.
Who are we kidding? We all know we are spending way too much time on our phone. Yes, we should limit the daily scrolling, but habits are difficult to break, aren’t they? We are aware that not spending time in the virtual world, but rather in the real world, keeps us more anchored in the present but also calmer. We have a simple hack to break that scrolling habit for you. Take 20 minutes of your time usually spent with scrolling through Instagram, and dedicate that time to sending some holiday cards instead. Yes, you can send snail mail cards to your friends and family. If you want more, maybe it’s time to look into a digital detox for a day or two.
As you can see, it’s the little things that make you feel more calm and more at ease when times get super hectic — leaving you in the right headspace to meet your friends for a spontaneous pre-holiday dinner. Permitting yourself to take some time out to reset does work its own magic. Spending time on your yoga mat, as we all know, can revive not only a tired body but also leave you less stressed and ready to tackle the next thing. However, sometimes, even getting onto our yoga mat seems like not achievable, which is when you can head to the list above. And when none of that is gonna cut it, and you almost want to sleep… enter Yoga Nidra.
Find your bliss with Yoga Nidra.
Is there anything better than coffee? Yes, there is. Have you tried Yoga Nidra yet? If not, you are seriously missing out on the best bits in your yoga practice. Yoga Nidra is the most powerful meditation technique there is, leaving the body completely relaxed. It will calm you down instantly. Like a power nap and strong coffee together – but way better. Promise.
Head on over to Power Living‘s online yoga studio, yogaholics, and get ready for pure bliss. Find a quiet space in your room, put some ultra-comfy clothes on and roll out your mat or get comfy on your lounge chair. Let Shauna guide you through a 13 min Yoga Nidra practice of pure relaxation. You might get addicted to it; it is that amazing.
How are you staying calm during your busy holidays, yogis?
Written by Yoga Journal