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Three Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

The holidays are usually stressful for many people as it is. This year everyone is feeling the stress more than usual. Right? Right.

The current state of the world is so far outside of our control. What you and I can control is how we respond to the stresses that we're all collectively facing. Times like these are when having a wellness practice is your best ally.

Over the years I've tried many practices. I've found that doing a few simple basic things daily help me the most when it comes to being able to handle the highs and lows of life. These are practices that have served me well during some of the most challenging times in my life. Making my health a priority has been my ace card. Here are some of my daily routines for optimal health.

Meditation

I've sung the praises of Meditation many times before. And I'm doing it yet again! Meditation truly is a bedrock practice that can help you move through the daily challenges of life.

Some of the benefits of Meditation include a...

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What's the Easiest Way to Shift Stress? BREATH!

Did you know that most people live in a state of constant stress?

True story. Most people either breathe too shallow, restrict their breath or simply forget to breathe. 

Breathing, especially deep breathing, can have profound affect on how you feel in your body. Shallow breath puts your body in a state of fight or flight, also known as the sympathetic nervous system response. However deep belly breaths helps your body kick into a parasympathetic nervous system response, also known as rest and digest. Ideally you want to live your life in a parasympathetic nervous system response state as much as possible. It turns out that your body also absorbs nutrients from food better this way, thus the digest part.

In this week's video I'm sharing some breathing techniques to help bring your stress levels down. You can practice these techniques first thing in the morning or right before you go to sleep. It'll definitely help with a deeper more restful sleep.  These are also breathing...

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