The time with family.
Is it just me or during the merriest time of the year, are mamas stressed to the max?
Ok, back-to-school time is a close second; but, for us moms, the holidays bring more than revelry and merriment.
We have gifts to buy, money to budget, elaborate meals to plan, in-laws to put up with, houses to keep clean, kids to keep happy, parties to attend, weight to manage, etc., etc., etc.
Before you know it, a phenomenon I like to call “busy brain” sets in.
Busy brain is when our normally rational, decision-making brains kick into overdrive and literally won’t shut off. It’s like someone screaming in your ear 24/7 about all the things you need to do, check, and confirm. Busy brain wakes you up in the middle of the night with ideas and reminders about everything you haven’t checked off your to-do list. Busy brain throws so much at you that you literally feel paralyzed with indecision. And with indecision, comes stress – lots of stress.
While we all have to find something that works for us, I’ve come to love and rely on hot yoga as a way to quiet my busy brain.
Confession – I will be the first to admit that I used to say not-so-nice things about yoga – like it was just stretching – or – not really exercise.
Wrong, wrong, wrong!
Yoga can be just stretching if that’s what you need it to be, but if you crave more of a workout, it can definitely deliver that too.
Heated Power Yoga has become my go-to for strengthing my body but also, and more importantly, quieting my mind.
It shocked me actually – how quiet my mind became after just 50 minutes on my mat. And it quickly became time I craved. Time to myself – directly after work – to decompress, let go of my anxiety, my to-do list, my mom guilt – all before I went home to my family.
Before starting yoga, I regularly came home stressed, with too much on my mind, and not at all capable or willing to show the love and patience that my family deserved.
Now, I do myself and my family the favor of having a peaceful heart and quiet mind when I get home.
This might sound cliche – but yoga really does help me be a better mom!
Last year I didn’t even put up a tree! I just didn’t have it in me. Clearly, this was pre-yoga, before I found my zen.
For 2017, my Christmas cheer is back! I may have even been one of those annoyingly cheerful people on Facebook counting down the Friday’s until Christmas Day, LOL!
Regardless of my behavior on Facebook though, it feels REALLY good to have the energy and excitement for my favorite holiday return!
If you’re already stressing about the pending holidays, I encourage you to find something that works for you! Find something, anything, that will quiet your busy brain!
And if you’ve been interested in trying yoga but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, there’s no better time than now! Here are a few things to get you started:
Clever Yoga Non-Slip Yoga Mat – a good mat will keep you safe (because you won’t slip around) and is the BEST INVESTMENT you can make – this mat also comes with an awesome carrying bag…bonus!
Hot Yoga Towel – if you choose to do hot yoga, you’ll need a specially designed towel to lay over your mat – these towels “stick” to your mat and won’t slip while you move into your different poses – also helping to keep you safe. Get creative! Go wild with your colors – or – coordinate them with your mat – your choice!
Yoga Threads – breathable clothes that you can move comfortably in will help you enjoy your yoga practice – no one likes chafing – cringe! Get some good leggings or yoga pants, as well as a few sports bras (you’ll be using a new one for each class – yes, you really will sweat that much), and some decent tanks – I personally like tanks that are thin and lightweight – TIP: fitted tanks will stay against your frame and won’t gap or fall forward.
Hydrate – no matter which type of yoga you choose, get a good water bottle that will hold plenty of H2Oand stay cool. I recently switched to a Yeti bottle. They’re more expensive, yes – but after going through dozens of basic plastic bottles that cracked, leaked, and didn’t keep my water cool, I had had enough. I needed something that would hold up to being carted around every day and my Yeti bottle does just that!
So that’s it for now! I’d love to hear how you manage your stress during the holidays – please share! Until then, keep calm and namaste on!