How Becky Mann Handles Holiday Stress with Yoga
Though we seldom acknowledge it, this time of year is always sure to bring some holiday stress. Visiting home with family and old friends can seem to pull us back into unhealthy states of mind and old habits. At the same time, isolation isn’t a very good alternative. How can we enjoy the loving warmth and renewal of the holiday season, but leave the ‘negatives’ behind?
When holiday stress rears its head, resist the urge to block it out or avoid it. Before going to a social gathering, put a plan together hoping for the best but anticipating the worst. Becky Mann recommends having a plan to leave if necessary, but only if stress becomes too much to bare. Otherwise, Becky has practical advice and specific tips to regain our composure.
"Dysfunction at its best!"
“Good ole holidays… dysfunction at its best! This time of year we talk a lot about ‘mountain pose’… feeling grounded and connected to the earth and then taking deep breaths. It sounds so simple, but just pausing to take a few deep breaths before responding can do wonders for our peace of mind.
Walking outside for a few minutes helps too. I also like ‘five on the floor’. This means dropping and spending five minutes laying on the floor…stretching or just putting legs up and finding our breath.”