Thanksgiving is November 26 and everyone is running around making preparation for this celebrated holiday. So, how does one take care of the family, the food prep and all the after Thanksgiving shopping? Just breathe.
Deep breathing actually reduces stress, increases your energy level and helps the mind focus better. When deep breathing is practiced on a regular basis, it can relieve tension in the neck, back and shoulders. Deep breathing releases endorphines into our system. Endorphines are our body's natural painkillers and stress reducers, which will in turn benefit the body and mind during the holidays.
Here is a great breathing exercise you can try to keep the stress at a minium during the Holidays:
- Find a comfortable and quiet place that is warm and inviting.
- You can sit or lay down.
- Next, close your eyes and relax.
- Take a deep breath in, inhale through the nose, counting slowly in your mind from 1 -4
- Exhale the breath out, counting slowly in your mind from 1-5 (try to empty all the air of out your lungs).
- Repeat the inhale breath and the exhale breath for 5 minutes.