Embracing Wellness: Your Holiday Stress Relief Guide

With the holiday season in full swing and the winter solstice tonight, it's the perfect time to reflect, connect, and slow down (yes, even amidst the festive frenzy). The shortest day of the year is a wonderful reminder to embrace the light within and around us, bringing warmth to these chilly days. So, let's chat about some cozy, stress-relieving activities you can enjoy by yourself or with your loved ones right at home.

Solstice Reflections:

Tonight, under the quiet solstice sky, take time for personal reflection. Light some candles to symbolize bringing light to the darkness and journal about your past year's journey. Consider what you've learned and how you've grown in 2023. Then, shift to visioning. What dreams do you want to nurture as the days grow longer? This is a powerful time to set intentions and plant the seeds for future growth in 2024.

Meditation or Yoga:

Introduce a gentle meditation or yoga session. It's a wonderful way to connect and find peace. Focus on deep, relaxing breaths and simple poses that everyone can enjoy. This can be especially soothing on the shortest day of the year and bring a sense of calm and balance to your home.

Here’s a short 3 minute meditation to help destress:

Begin by finding a comfortable, quiet place to sit or lie down. Close your eyes and take a deep, slow breath in. Feel the air filling your lungs, and then gently exhale, releasing all the tension from your body. Take another deep breath in, imagining calmness flowing into you, and exhale any stress you're carrying.

Now, visualize a warm, soothing light above your head. With each breath, this light descends over you, starting at the top of your head. Feel it melt away tension as it slowly moves down your face, relaxing your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw. Let this light glide over your neck and shoulders, and  feel the weight being lifted off them.

As this warm light continues to travel down your body, sense it soothing your chest, your arms, your hands, releasing the tightness with every breath. It moves further down, relaxing your back, your abdomen, your legs, until it reaches your feet. Imagine any remaining stress flowing out from your toes, leaving your body completely.

In this state of relaxation, affirm to yourself: "I am calm, I am at peace." Take a few more deep breaths, and when you're ready, gently open your eyes, returning to the present, feeling refreshed and stress-free.

Nature Walk:

If weather permits, take a contemplative walk in nature. Observe the stillness and dormancy of the season, reflecting on how it mirrors your own need for rest and reflection. What message does nature hold for you? How does the external silence help you listen to your inner voice?

As We Wrap Up...

Remember, the winter solstice is a time for introspection, celebration, and togetherness. By engaging in these activities, you're not just keeping stress at bay; you're leaving space to create cherished memories with your loved ones. So let's welcome the return of longer days with open hearts and a peaceful mind.