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You know what they say about stress: We can’t change what’s happening around us but we can change the way we react to it. During the holidays, it can feel like everything is moving at top speed. If you’ve ever found yourself trying to find time to catch your breath, you’re not alone. That’s the perfect time to stop, slow down and be in the moment. Try these three stress management practices to center yourself and lower stress.

1. WALKING MEDITATION

By walking slowly with awareness, two things happen: 1) We feel the ground beneath us and our connection to the earth; and 2) we find our connection to this very moment. Each step calls us to think of what’s happening right now instead of what’s ahead or what just happened. It’s a way to remember that now is where we are and now is all we have.

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2. SEATED FORWARD BENDS
These allow us to fully surrender to the moment. When we sit still and let ourselves feel the support of the earth beneath us, we develop a sense of stability and safety. We can let go of the feelings that pull us into the ups and downs of life’s roller coaster. It’s a way to stay grounded and calm.

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3. TWO-TO-ONE BREATHING
This breathing exercise relaxes your nervous system. It calms the mind and lowers your heart rate. When the mind is calm, the body settles.

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