For Christmas this year please help me to stay sane, not to overspend, avoid family drama and only eat and drink enough for one human….
So, your calendar is stacked with Christmas functions, all of which are serving a plethora of gut-health sabotaging fare. There are endless trips to heaving shopping centres, work deadlines are fast approaching and of course you must achieve every fitness goal ever made before slipping into the perfect outfit on the big day!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, it doesn’t have to feel as chaotic as it seems. When was the last time you took a deep conscious breath, felt your bare feet on the earth and did something just for you? Not to achieve anything or to please anybody and certainly not for the glory of an insta worthy portrait, simply because it felt good in the moment. Habitually integrating these things into every day, especially when you’re busy is going to set you up for stress-free festivities.
Here are 3 easy ways to beat the chaos this Christmas
The Calm Breath Technique
Whether you’re driving a car or sitting on a mediation cushion, take six of your deepest breaths focussing on a long exhalation. Calm, deep breathing is quick, so easy and scientifically proven to regulate the nervous system. This breath switches off the ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ stress response and activates the parasympathetic nervous system also known as ‘rest and digest mode’.
Sometimes we get so entrenched in the chaos of our own lives we barely look beyond it. The technique I’m about to share with you can help to rewire neural pathways when done regularly and change old habituated negative thought patterns…
Take a moment now to think of somebody who you love but needs a little extra ‘something’ right now. Visualise them relaxed with a big smile on their face and allow your heart to fill up with love and kindness. Now repeat silently ‘I wish for you happiness, I wish for you peace, I wish for you health’. Now visualise them happy healthy and living their best life.
Now it’s your turn, repeat silently ‘I wish for myself happiness, I wish for myself peace, I wish for myself health’. Take a moment to visualise your best self and feel the joy of that reality fill up your heart.
When overwhelm creeps into our lives, one of the first things we ditch is self care when we need it most. Stress literally deactivates the logical mind, making it almost impossible to make the right choice, which is why you must make a commitment to yourself and stick to it. On a piece of paper write down at least two things you can do daily that will improve your wellbeing. Put it somewhere you’ll see it as a loving reminder to yourself.
If you are battling negative thoughts or searching for your purpose I have developed a course especially for you. Visit ’Beyond Fear, Winning The Battle with Anxiety’ here.
Christmas doesn’t need to be chaotic, it’s meant to be fun and joyous! So if you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, just remember these 3 steps to a more calm, relaxed and enjoyable festive season.
Lots of love, Emily x
Try some of our festive treats! Here’s the Great Aussie Christmas Cake and our yummy Mini Truffles.
Emily Spurling is a Holistic Health Coach who facilitates transformational retreats around the world. With over a decade of experience in accelerating positive change in her clients, Emily uses her skills as a Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and her sharp intuition to empower individuals to reach their potential. Emily is recognised as an expert in her field and has garnered significant acclaim from her viewership on FMTV where her yoga and mediation videos appears alongside content from other industry leaders including Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and Dr. Bruce Lipton to name a few.