What is on your Christmas wish list? My top picks for 2017, aside from yoga (ha, ha) are: Walton Art Center tickets, massages, board games for family night, clean and decluttered house (Santa where are you?), meditation garden, and a karaoke machine (I am determined to overcome being tone deaf). While the holiday season can be a time of joy, peace and happiness, it can also be a time of imbalance.
Even if you get everything you wish for, happiness is not guaranteed. So, what is the key to happiness? Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer to this question. But I can give some holiday tips! With three weeks left before Christmas, I will commit to one tip per week.
Tip #1….Balance play, work & rest. A wise cousin once told me to work a third, rest a third and play a third. With holiday cheer comes holiday parties, shopping, wrapping, baking and cooking. This can throw your balance off kilter.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep for adults. According to the Gallup News an average American gets 6.8 hours of sleep. So, right off the bat most people are already in the negative. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
Why is sleep so important? Sleep supports healthy brain function and emotional wellbeing. It also plays an important role in your physical health. Did you know that sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity? Sleep also supports healthy growth and development. Also, your immune system relies on sleep to function correctly.
While some of us may need to work or play more to find balance. My bet is that the majority could use more sleep. Holiday tip #1-guard your balance as one of your most precious commodities. While we vary in what we need, an approximate recipe is 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of play and 8 hours of work a day. Stay tuned for my blog on ”What is play?”
Need help sleeping? Try yoga. 10-20 minutes of breath work (pranayama) will help stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system which helps you relax and fall asleep or even get back to sleep.
Need help with yoga? Click here for Be One Yoga class schedule. Or you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to help you find your balance.
Namaste, Nee Karas