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Holiday Breathwork: Finding Peace At Christmas

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With its joyful celebrations and family gatherings, the holiday season can be a truly magical time of the year. However, it can also bring a fair share of stress, hectic schedules, and high expectations. Amidst the hustle and bustle of christmas preparations, it’s essential to find moments of peace and serenity. One powerful and accessible tool for achieving this is breathwork. 

The Gift of Breath

Breathwork is a mindful practice that involves conscious control and regulation of your breath. It has been used for centuries in various traditions and cultures to enhance physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The holidays are the perfect time to unwrap the gift of breath and harness its transformative power.

Benefits of Breathwork during the Holidays

Stress reduction: The holiday season can be stressful, with the pressure of gift-giving, event planning, and family dynamics. Breathwork techniques, such as deep and diaphragmatic breathing, can help calm your nervous system and reduce stress levels.

Mindfulness and presence: Breathwork encourages you to stay present in the moment. Amidst the flurry of holiday activities, taking a few minutes each day to focus on your breath can help you remain grounded and fully engage with your loved ones.

Emotional balance: Holidays can stir up various emotions, from joy and excitement to sadness or anxiety. Breathwork can help you process and release these emotions, promoting emotional balance and resilience.

Energy boost: With all the festivities, late nights, and indulgent meals, it’s easy to feel drained during the holidays. Breathwork can provide a natural energy boost, revitalizing your body and mind.

Connection and joy: Breathwork can help you tap into a sense of inner joy and gratitude. It fosters a deep connection with yourself and others, making the holiday season more meaningful and joyful.

Simple Holiday Breathwork Practices

Deep Belly Breathing:

  • Find a quiet space where you can sit or lie down comfortably.
  • Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly.
  • Inhale deeply through your nose, allowing your stomach to rise as you fill your lungs.
  • Exhale slowly through your mouth, letting go of tension and stress.
  • Repeat for several breath cycles, focusing on the rise and fall of your belly.

Box Breathing:

  • Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes.
  • Inhale through your nose for a count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of four.
  • Exhale through your mouth for a count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of four.
  • Repeat this cycle for a few minutes, gradually extending the counts if comfortable.

Gratitude Breath:

  • Sit or stand with your eyes closed.
  • Take a few deep breaths to centre yourself.
  • With each inhale, silently say “thank you” to yourself.
  • With each exhale, release any stress or tension.
  • Continue this practice for a few minutes, focusing on the feeling of gratitude.

Mindful Breathing:

  • Take a moment to pause and notice your breath.
  • Pay attention to the sensation of the breath entering and leaving your nostrils.
  • As thoughts arise, gently bring your focus back to your breath.
  • Practice this mindfulness for a few minutes each day to cultivate presence.
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Incorporating Breathwork into Your Holiday Routine

Here are some tips for integrating breathwork into your holiday season:

  1. Morning ritual: Start your day with a few minutes of breathwork to set a positive tone for the day ahead.
  2. Midday reset: Take a short break in the middle of the day for a quick breathwork session to recenter yourself.
  3. Evening wind-down: Before bedtime, practice breathwork to relax your body and mind for restful sleep.
  4. Group sessions: Invite friends or family to join you in a group breathwork session to foster connection and relaxation.
  5. Mindful moments: Take a few mindful breaths throughout the day whenever you feel overwhelmed or stressed.

Embracing the Magic of Breath

As you prepare to celebrate christmas and enjoy the holiday festivities, remember that the power of breath is always with you. Incorporating simple holiday breathwork practices into your daily routine will allow you to navigate the season with greater ease, mindfulness, and joy. This gift of breath is always available to you, offering a sense of peace and serenity amidst the holiday rush. Embrace the magic of breath, and may your christmas be filled with love, presence, and inner harmony.

If you would like to find out what the differences are between breathwork and meditation, click here and click here for a guide to alternate nostril breathing. For a more in-depth look at breathwork, click here. Remember to tag us in pictures of you practising breathwork on Instagram @surrender_to_happiness. And if you’d like to cement breathwork into your practice and your daily rituals, look at our blog ‘Introducing daily rituals into your life.’

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