Wednesday, November 18, 2009

it's the most wonderful time of the year...really?!?!

so whether we like it or not the holiday season is upon us. and for many of us it can be a time of stress. let's not let that happen this year. start your season with some mindful intention and be ready to enjoy (not stress over) it.
last april, i went to duke integrative medicine in durham, nc for an amazing 8 day training on therapeutic yoga for seniors. it knocked my socks off! i loved every second and that really was the impetus for my to quit the drag me down full time job i had and pursue my passion for healing movement (my way!).
i think integrative medicine is the key to healthcare in the future and hope to be a part of it with the movement therapy i offer. i'll be sure to post more later on my love and passion for integrative medicine and why i think it is absolutely fabulous. (maybe, tomorrow?)

anyway, i am on the email list from duke and wanted to share what i received in my inbox today - just in time for the season.

6 Simple Steps to a Stress Free Season

when the world is still sleeping.

The caffeine and polyphenols in tea have the combined effect of mild stimulation and lasting calm.

Breathe in for 4 counts.
Hold your breath for 4 counts.
Release your breath for 6 counts.
This "UJI" breathing quickly reduces stress and calms your central nervous system.

Take a break from demanding tasks
(like shopping or cleaning)
and difficult people (like that family member who rubs you the wrong way)and do something that nurtures you!

Fill a bucket with warm water and add some drops of rosemary and peppermint oil.
Place a golf ball in the bucket as well.
Soak and massage your feet and calm your entire being.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a local shelter and help someone who is struggling. Discover the benefits of a practice of gratitude.

the hardest one for me is going to be to walk in the morning. i am going to set a goal to do it 2-3 times each week during this season. i would love to hear how you can bring some of these relaxing practices into your life. thanks to duke for sending these great ideas along to me!


  1. Wonderful, wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Katherine...I saw you in rollcall @ SITS this morning:)
    I wanted to drop in to say hi...HI!
    These are great tips that are simple to implement into our hectic schedules...I mean how easy is Breathing? Just so you know I practiced it right now...
    Wow, it makes me wonder about those little breathes I take so often...and really how often I forget to breath at all:)
    Have a great Thursday!

  3. This is a great list and we all should remember these things and tell others! Thanks for sharing!

    ps. Stopped by from SITS. I'm definitely going to have to check out more of your posts! Have a great day!

  4. I love these tips! Awesome! I wanted to stop by and say thanks for visiting my blog on my SITS feature day :) Hope you are having a great day.