Breathe in – Breathe out

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!

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