Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Stress Relief

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Stress Relief

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In an ideal universe, the holidays would be an impeccable parade of seasonal festivities, beautifully wrapped gifts and heart-warming visits from family and close friends. For most of us, however, holiday realities are slightly less than perfect and often create more stress than good cheer.

So when all the shopping, gift wrapping, cooking and visitors leave you feeling like you have about as much left to give as Scrooge, take five and then take action-the Natural Remedies way.


You don't have to get it all done at once. "Doing several things simultaneously forces the mind to dart back and forth among activities and creates enormous tension and stress," says Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of A Woman's Book of Life (Berkeley Publishing Group, 1997).

Juggling multiple tasks may seem like good time management, but it's actually counterproductive. Borysenko says focusing on one task at a time actually saves time, and even better, is more joyful and relaxing in the long run.


"When you're feeling frantic, it's hard to do a quick sitting meditation because it takes 10 to 15 minutes just to quiet the mind," says Borysenko. "When I only have five minutes to ground myself, I find it helpful to do one yoga position, a t'ai chi movement or another exercise that requires focusing. Concentrating on a physical activity helps you ground yourself quickly."

Try the Standing Chair Hang: Stand four feet behind a chair with feet hip-width apart. …

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