Three Quick Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

December 15, 2007 3:40 am

1) Quick Qi Gong Abdomen Breathing Often times, our breathing becomes very shallow as we rush to complete tasks and meet demands of our days.

This exercise will help you to mindfully deepen your breath and bring greater oxygen into the body.

Begin by sitting or standing quietly.

Place your hands, palms inward, over your abdomen.

As you exhale for a count of 9, contract your abdominal muscles as and if squeezing air out of the belly then the lungs.

Feel your hands sink inward as you contract your muscles while you exhale.

Imagine tension, worry, anxiety and stress leaving your body along with stale air as you continue to exhale.

Inhale deeply for a count of five and feel your abdomen expand like a balloon.

 Imagine oxygen filling your lungs most fully and permeating every single cell in your body. Repeat several more times for five minutes.

(2) Self Acupressure

Massage arms at the acupressure points that are about 1-2 inches above your wrist towards your elbow.

These wrist points balance the emotions and relieve stress, and also help to relieve nausea.

Massage the inner ankles. These are source kidney points that help to revitalize vital energy.

Massage the knees by brushing along the inner knee caps, circling below the knee cap, and coming up the sides of the knees.

As you massage, breathe deeply and consciously let go of tension and any sense of fears as you exhale deeply.

Consciously, welcome in oxygen as you inhale.

(3)Take Some Down Time

Allow yourself permission to schedule a relaxing acupressure, session, a taiji, qi gong or yoga class, relax in the bath, visit a park or botanical gardens, or hike in nature.

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