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You Are Enough!

During yoga I often hear the phrase, “YOU are enough!” What does that really mean? I believe it means different things, depending on our situation. Oftentimes we get caught up in comparison, fatigue, daily pressures, balancing home/work life and the expectations we believe are on us. At the Christmas season we think of all the tasks on our “to do” list and life can begin to seem overwhelming. So, how do we become OK with “being enough” without feeling like we need to do, and be, more?

As we take part in the festive season, here are a few tips from Dr. Kathleen Hall at the Stress Institute that may help you stress less and enjoy the season more:

  1. The brain can get overwhelmed with too much to do and too much information. Reduce stress during the holiday season by getting organized: make lists and write things down.
  2. Finances are the number one holiday concern. Consider creating a budget and sticking to it.
  3. Don’t stress yourself over shopping for the right gift. Consider buying gift certificates, spa vouchers, or giving money to the recipient’s favourite charity in their name.
  4. Unpredictable weather, overcrowded airports and unreliable transportation can all lead to stress and exhaustion. Memorize stress reduction techniques and teach them to others.
  5. For many of us, the holidays are the only time of year to spend time with family members. Be sure to make the most of this quality time. Let go of old grudges and try to solve any unresolved issues.
  6. The holiday season can contribute to feelings of being overwhelmed, which could lead to depression. Volunteering is an instant “pick me up.” You might also try something new during this time.
  7. Food is a gift many enjoy and share at this time of year; remember to practice portion management.

I hope each and every one of you enjoy the season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Submitted by Sherry Dyck, a Registered Nurse at Southlands Medical Clinic.

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