Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Give the Gift of Peace

Written by Amanda Schmidt, Fresh Start Blogger

"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths."

While the holidays often bring out the best in people, they also bring out the stress in people. Every year the excitement of the holidays, family time, shopping, decorations and preparing for traditions trump the already over-looked task of taking care of ourselves. It is hard to remember that year in and year out, we forget to take time to de-stress and appreciate the little things.

"Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering."

Its is important for our health, our sanity and for those that we love that we spend more time during the holidays giving the gift of peace. Take a few minutes, when things really get wild, to breathe. Take a moment to just sit down, breathe and smile. Even if you only have 2 minutes to commit to this, it will do wonders!  Also consider these de-stressing tips.

"Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down."

This holiday, spend more time finding ways to say “I love you” or “I am thankful for” than allowing yourself to get stressed about factors that are out of your control. Remember what makes the holidays special and spend some time really evaluating what is really important to you and your family. Take the kids or your dog for a walk, volunteer with those less fortunate, provide someone a warm meal, play games with the family….Find ways to stay reminded that the gifts, the decorations, hosting big parties and attending every holiday function are far less important than your health, your loved ones and the opportunity to be thankful for another year.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.”
-- Helen Keller

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