So if you are anything like me you are very busy right now. It is one of the busiest times of the year. Usually, I enjoy shopping. During the holiday season, I do not enjoy going out to the mall. So many people, all rushing around, the stress level is soooo high. Because I am an Empath, this type of situation really gets to me. I usually don’t last too long before I have to take a break. I thought I would share some of my techniques for getting through a trip to the stores in December. When I feel like I am approaching my limit while running around, I rely on some tried and true strategies.
First, be sure to stay hydrated and never go out to shop or do the errands while hungry. Stop for a water or snack break periodically. It sounds so simple, it really is a no-brainer way to help yourself manage the chaos.
Second, Breathe! Yes Breathe in – Breathe out, with intention. I like to find a seat but if that’s not possible you can do simple breathing exercises standing, or even while walking. My personal favorite breathing technique is this: Inhale deeply, through the nose, feel it fill your belly. Inhale for a count of 4, then hold that breath for the count of 3, then exhale slowly for the count of 7. Do this for several cycles. Usually, by the third cycle, I feel more relaxed. You can visualize while doing this exercise. I visualize inhaling cleansing energy. During the hold, I visualize the air absorbing any stress or negative energy. As I exhale, I visualize the stress and negativity leaving my body and being swept away.
Today, while running errands at a crowded shopping center, I found myself becoming cranky and overwhelmed by the energy of so many stressed out people. I cannot be the only one that ends up feeling this way. There was so much craziness at the mall I had great difficulty staying focused on getting my errands done.
This brings me to my third technique for surviving the mall in December – Empathy – when I hear a child screaming or witness a lover’s quarrel (both of which occurred today) or similar, stressful incident, I focus loving, healing energy on those people involved. Dependent on your belief system call it “sending healing” or “praying” for others. It’s a little thing that helps everyone, including yourself. Try it!
I wish you peace and joy this holiday season, even while braving the shopping center. SHINE your light into the chaos!