“I Can Do This”

Montreal Times - - News - By Tara Palov Mon­treal Times

Hol­i­days are here! Can you feel the ex­cite­ment? Or per­haps your an­tic­i­pa­tion has been creep­ing up in­side as ten­sion, ner­vous­ness and anx­i­ety. Not many of us can float around calm and col­lected as we shop, clean, work, pre­pare, cook, clean more, dec­o­rate and or­ga­nize. Find­ing pa­tience in the ice and snow dur­ing traf­fic and park­ing mad­ness can be a feat of fu­til­ity.We breathe. We try to re­lax. We at­tempt the art of grate­ful­ness. Some­times hold­ing it all to­gether is more chal­leng­ing than not. "What have I for­got­ten? Will fam­ily time be flaw­less or fury? I've checked my list twice, but am I still for­get­ting some­thing? I've spent so much al­ready, how will I af­ford all this?!?" A part of us just wants to crawl back un­der the cov­ers and hi­ber­nate through it all.

Chi­nese phi­los­o­phy de­scribes yin and yang as com­ple­men­tary forces that, when in bal­ance, will bring us peace.Win­ter is a yin sea­son, a dark, soft in­ward pull that craves for in­ner re­flec­tion, rest and sleep...Yet we are ex­pected to force the yang up and out with do­ing, so­cial time and ac­tiv­ity. Find­ing a 'peace' of yin this sea­son will bal­ance the ner­vous sys­tem.

Here are a few tips to Keep Calm.

Box Breath­ing

This can be done any­where. Walk­ing, while do­ing dishes or sit­ting qui­etly with your eyes closed works best. Slow, deep, con­trolled breath­ing will bring your mind and body into a rhyth­mic bal­ance of seren­ity. In­hale for a count or four. Hold your breath for 4. Ex­hale slow­ing for 4 and hold for 4. Start again. Re­peat un­til calm.You'll be pleas­antly sur­prised how a sim­ple tech­nique can trans­form your nerves.

Mu­sic

If you are a mu­sic lover, be sure to blare your favourite tunes this sea­son and give your body a lit­tle wig­gle while you work. Some­thing about Christ­mas mu­sic light­ens the load of obli­ga­tion.

Carry Laven­der Es­sen­tial Oil in your pocket or purse. One in­hale can go a long way to calm, soothe and re­lieve stress.

Tea Time

Tea isn't just a warm drink, it can be a rit­ual to re­bal­ance.The prac­tice of tak­ing the time to sit down alone, or with a loved one for a 'time-out', can be­come a break well needed, and well de­served. So, take a small rest, ev­ery­thing will be right where you left it when you re­turn recharged and re­laxed. Sim­ply steep a few slices of fresh gin­ger, a squeeze of lemon, a dash of cayenne and some real honey.

Grat­i­tude List

Be­side your 'to-do' and 'to­buy' lists, keep a grat­i­tude list.Write down 10 things you are grate­ful for, as a re­minder of what's im­por­tant to you.This helps to gain ap­pre­ci­a­tion and is help­ful re­minder of what re­ally mat­ters. Breathe, dance and melt that stress away!

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