"Stress is inner biofeedback, signaling you that frequencies are fighting within your system. The purpose of stress isn't to hurt you, but to let you know it's time to go back to the heart and start loving."
Ahh, the holidays. I hosted Thanksgiving this year for the first time. The food was fantastic, my husband and I worked together as a team to prepare the house and the meal, and the time spent with my family was wonderful. However, I found myself exhausted the entire weekend afterwards!
This time of year we put unnecessary stress on ourselves to have a "pinterest worthy" holiday. Remember how it use to be a "Norman Rockwell painting" we aspired to? Now it is pinterest haha. In all seriousness though, I know I put a ton of pressure on myself to fulfill this role as a woman and homemaker to have the perfect event. One thing that keeps me grounded and helps me to let some of those expectations go is my yoga practice. You bet your britches I started Thanksgiving morning with a short practice to remind myself even if the day ends with us eating takeout because everything turned out terrible we would still be grateful for the roof over our heads and being together with the ones we love.
One of my favorite breath exercise to practice when I start to feel stress or jittery is called Point to Point Breathing. I hope you try it sometimes. With regular practice your concentration will improve and your body will feel refreshed.
Point to Point Breathing
I love this breath exercise. It can be practiced before of at the end of your yoga practice laying down or sitting up. I have even used it when waiting in a really long line at a store to help keep me relaxed.
This is taken from Moving Inward by Rolf Sovik.
*Establish a relaxed, diaphragmatic breath
**As you move though the points in the body the distance your awareness travels will shorten but make sure you don't shorten your breath.