The holiday season can be full of fun and folly. It can involve unusual schedules, staying up late, and indulging in lots of delicious food. Many of these situations could disrupt your internal stability and cause unnecessary stress. It’s SO important to stay grounded and calm so that you can savor the beauty of the holidays, and celebrate what it’s really about—spending time with your tribe of family and friends.
The term “being grounded” gets thrown around so much in casual conversation today–especially within the yoga world–that it’s easy to overlook the depth of its meaning. Grounded is an adjective that can describe your mental or emotional state. It indicates you are stable, sensible, and realistic. It can also indicate that you are:
- Unruffled by outside influences
- Steady in your foundation and purpose
- In alignment (externally with your posture or internally with your energy)
- Centered, or making decisions from a neutral place.
- Energized from your connection to Source Energy
When you are grounded, literally aware of your connection to the Earth, you can:
- Maintain a high level of energy yourself
- Prevent the busy energy of life and others from distracting your focus
- Direct your energy where you need it most
- Give generously without feeling drained or obligated or guilty
- Increase well-being in your body, mind, and spirit
Try any or all of these suggestions and let me know how it works out for you:
- Walking meditation. Step outside and go for a walk. Notice your feet touching the ground, and pay attention to how the surface feels.
- Mindful shower. Water is not only cleansing but healing. As you stand in the shower, feel the sensation of the water hitting the top of your head and your face, neck, and shoulders. Pretend that it’s coming from a waterfall you’re standing beneath. Then gaze at the water swirling down the drain. Imagine your worries travelling down the drain with it.
- Practicing yoga. Balance your energies and mind-body connection
- Saying “NO” to some invitations so you can fully enjoy the ones to which you say “YES”
- Getting a Massage, Reiki or Acupuncture treatment
- Meditate- daily for 20 minutes. Email me for your first free class in our meditation healing circle.
- Stretch or exercise. Five or ten minutes of gentle stretching or moderate exercise is all it takes to shift your mind out of your head. Go outdoors, if possible. The fresh air (even if it’s very cold!) does wonder.
- Listen to your favourite tunes. Put on your headphones, listen to your favourite standbys, and let the music transport you to a fun place.
- Create. Do you write? Paint? Quilt? Perhaps you used to practice creative art years ago when you were in school. Creativity is one of the best coping tools we have. By creating, we can take our feelings and transform them into something else: something beautiful or moving or cathartic.
- Laugh. Tell some jokes or put on a funny movie and share a moment of mirth with your family or friends. Laughter’s not only healthy—it’s contagious!
- Fill Your Journal with Gratitude. Collect your thoughts, focusing on ones of gratitude, in a small journal for the next 2-3 months.
- Breathe. Inhale to a count of four and exhale (through your nose) to a count of four. Then inhale to a count of four and exhale to a count of six. Finally, inhale to a count of four and exhale to a count of eight. Repeat as often as you like. You can do this while walking or sitting to help calm and center yourself.
- Brew some tea. There’s a lot to be said about the benefits of tea rituals. Brew yourself a nice cup of hot tea. Sit and savor its smell and taste.
Hope you enjoyed these tips to help you bring a little more presence and peace to your holidays. You got this!