Festive season mindfulness

The silly season is officially here – the month of December is typically a time of celebration but for many of us it can be a very challenging time. Despite all the Christmas gifts and parties with abundant food and drinks, it can be a difficult time financially, emotionally and mentally for a lot of us. It’s also the end of the year and for many, 2018 has been a long one so if you’re feeling this way you’re not alone.

For many of us, this time of year is a time of reflection and gathering – about those who have left us, the year that was and where we aspired to be in our personal, professional and financial lives. People around the world experience anxiety, depression, loneliness and missing loved ones who have passed on.

The practice of using yoga shapes to feel into your body (asana), connecting and vitalising your body through breath (pranayama) and meditation are three limbs of yoga that can help you centre and feel at one again during this time and can really help with anxiety and depression. Whether you’ve practiced yoga for years or are looking for a practice to help your physical, emotional or mental health, it can have amazing effects irrespective of your level of experience or years of practice. So if you have a regular practice, get onto your mat either at home or a studio and connect your mind, body and soul. If you’re yet to commence your yoga journey, search for a closely yoga studio on google and give it a go (most studios have 2 week or 1 month intro passes for less than $50…or start your home practice of meditation today. To start with, perhaps try sitting in a comfortable position for 5 minutes and focus on slow steady breaths and see what does or doesn’t come up for you.

Please know that you’re not alone – many people feel the same. There are lots of support groups who can help if you need someone to talk to and can help support you, including:
Lifeline: https://www.lifeline.org.au and 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au and 1300 22 4636