Guest post graciously contributed by Laurie Dean.

Ways To Survive The Holiday Craziness!!

You’ve heard that song before – it’s been playing in every department store since October! And while the holidays are so wonderful – loving times with family and friends, delicious meals, sharing the spirit of the season – it also means jam-packed schedules, lots of stress, no time to relax!!

Especially during the holiday season, it is so important to take time for your own wellness. If you don’t, you won’t have the energy, time or patience to give to others. So what does Ayurveda offer us to take care of ourselves this holiday season?

First – take the time to connect with something that feeds your soul – a walk in nature, a cup of tea with a dear friend, playtime with your pet – all simple actions that bolster your feeling of well-being. Start or end your day taking time to appreciate all the many gifts life has given you – doesn’t have to be in the form of a formal meditation practice – just find a quiet space, light a candle, sit still and reflect on all the goodness in your life!

Put my 2 favorite Ayurvedic practices into practice – Abhyanga and Nasya.

Nourishing self massage – or abhyanga – is a loving ritual we can do each day to nourish our skin and calmpeg our nervous system. Gently warm your favorite oil – add to it a relaxing essential oil like lavender or rose and apply the oil before your daily shower. Let the oil absorb for 10-15 minutes before you jump into the shower and wash up. This practice is a delicious and simple way to pamper yourself as you start or end your day.

Use Nasya oil every day! Nasya means “nose” applying a few drops of nasya oil to each nostril every day helps to keep our nasal passages clear and our brain calm and refreshed. Check out the Himalayan Institute webpage – they have 2 types of nasya oil for sale – Clarity, a lovely invigorating scent and Pure Bliss, a soft subtle scent that invokes a feeling just like the name implies!
Use these 2 simple daily self-care practices. You will feel calmer, more relaxed and be able to enjoy this most wonderful time of the year!