3 ways to get through the Christmas holidays alive!
December 15, 2017
Wow this is a busy month. Present buying, planning, putting up the tree, not forgetting remembering to light the Chanukah menorah too!
We are a multi-agnostic home and enjoy this time of year for all the light, family and fun it brings. What I don't enjoy so much is the long car journeys, being tired from preparing/packing/organising all day, and coping with kids that have eaten too much sugar.
Here are my 3 quick tips from an Alexander Technique perspective to help you get through the 10 days.
1. Sitting in the car- The obvious advice is to take breaks often but sometimes you can't take a break when you need because you want your little one to nap longer, or your stuck in the usual holiday traffic. Make sure your lower back is supported with a cushion. Check if you are holding extra tension where you shouldn't be - shoulders? neck? toes? Think about your whole body relaxing into the shape of the chair. If the angle of the chair allows, sit on your sitting bones or as close to as you can. Keep coming back to these thoughts regularly and you should be able to end the journey with less tension.
2. Kids driving you mad - Notice your reaction to your child's tantrum. Have you tensed your jaw? Are you holding your breath? Have you raised your shoulders in tension? Noticing these things can give you the choice to bring you back into balance and give a moment's pause to decide how you will respond to the situation. You should be less likely to react without thinking and be able to take charge of the next steps.
These are the kinds of topics that come up in my new Mum & Baby course starting January 15th. This is a group with a difference as it's really focused on you. Helping you to look after yourself while you look after your baby.