Yoga Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

It’s the holiday season! Hanukkah is in full swing and Christmas is right around the corner. The stores are packed, the kitchen is bustling, and families are traveling from near and far to be together during this special time of year.
But with all of these festivities you can start to feel frazzled. It’s important to take some time to allow yourself to relax and recoup so that you can enjoy the holiday to the fullest extent, stress free!
There are some simple and quick yoga inspired moves you can do almost anywhere when you start to feel like the holidays are too much to handle. Check them out below!

Holiday Stress Relief

Stretch Stress Away. If you begin to feel overwhelmed or worn out, try this simple stretch to revitalize your body and mind. It opens up your torso to help you feel calm and confident.
While standing, raise your arms above your head and keep them shoulder distance apart. In this position, take five long, deep, focused breaths. Next, inhale as you reach and hold your left wrist with your right hand. Then exhale as you bend to the right, stretching out your entire left side. Hold this position for a breath or two and inhale as you return to the starting position. Repeat on the opposite side.
Get Off Your Feet. If you’ve been on your feet all day shopping or socializing, quickly relieve stress by giving your feet a break. Simply lifting your feet above your heart can help you relax and recenter.
Start lying on your back with your legs elevated by a pillow, up on a chair, or straight up on the wall. Stay in this position for 30 to 60 seconds to take the pressure off your worn-out legs. It also improves circulation and decreases swelling. This position is also a great refresher after a long plane or car ride.
Breathing Break. If traffic is backed up or your cousin is testing your nerves, go ahead and sigh. Take a minute to breathe. This is the body’s natural response to stress.
Relax your shoulders, neck, and upper back. Then, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Try to emphasize the exhale to really push your breath out and release your rib cage.
Repeat this five or more times to start to feel your body and mind relax. This deep breathing engages your parasympathetic nervous system and decreases your body’s production of stress hormones. This practice simultaneously releases “happy hormones” like serotonin and dopamine.
Practice these few moves and you’ll surely be feeling holly and jolly! However, if pain or stiffness is putting a kink in your visits with ol’ Kris Kringle, contact Airrosti today. Our providers will treat your pain directly at the source so that you can carry on with the celebrations!
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