Finding Calm: When life feels overwhelming

stress relief

“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out they way they're supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.” 

Goldie Hawn

We’re in the midst of the holiday season! A time of year that should be filled with so much joy but unfortunately for some it can be a stressful time.

Maybe it’s the shift in the weather, the fact that the sun is starting to go down a wee bit earlier, or just the whirl of life begins to slow down in the fall/winter seasons it leaves us to deal with our stuff. Winter blues. Blah. Deep dormant emotions tend to rise up, the stress and pressure of the holidays begin to surround us, the fact we’re nearing the end of the year and might not have completed all of our goals tends to stare us back in the face. I don’t know about you but it has me feeling a little run down lately. Whatever it may be it is important to not let it get the best of you. So how can you take intentional measures to prioritize self care during the holiday season?

Take a moment to pause, release, and breathe.

Here’s a short energy healing meditation for when life gets to be a little too much.

Additional tips for fighting seasonal stress and depression:

  • Get moving. Movement can do wonders for releasing stress and tension within the body. A great way to accomplish this is through establishing a yoga practice. I have many free yoga videos online. Take advantage of them and find what you need here. Also if you are interested in a one-on-one approach to yoga in person or online schedule a complimentary intro session here and get a personalized session tailored to meet your needs.

  • Stand in the sun. Though sunny days may seem to be limited these days. On days where it’s shinning bright take advantage of it. Stand in the sun and allow the warm rays to soak into your skin.

  • Journal. Expressing yourself through the form of writing can serve as a way of personal therapy to work through some things. Don’t know where to start? Start by answering open ended questions like how are you feeling? What is currently triggering you? What are you yourself able to change in efforts to improve your situation?

  • Therapy. Talk to someone to get the help you need. Need immediate help and don’t feel like talking but are feeling extremely depressed and suicidal? Text HOME to 741741 to text with a Crisis Counselor right now.

Keep going. You’ve got this.

With love and light,

xo Vanessa Michele

Vanessa.Michele | Christian. Writer. Content Creator. Giver of Love. Collector of Quotes. Yoga Enthusiast. Scientist by day. Welcome to my life!