Dec. 5, 2021

Moving with Ease in Class and Through the Holidays

Moving with Ease  in Class and Through the Holidays

My focus for the month of December is ease . . . hopefully in my classes and your life. The holidays can be crazy. Lots of errands to run, packages to wrap, food to prepare and people to see. Maybe some of the following suggestions can make the month easier on you, your family, and friends.

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My focus for the month of December is ease . . . hopefully in my classes and your life. The holidays can be crazy. Lots of errands to run, packages to wrap, food to prepare and people to see. Maybe some of the following suggestions can make the month easier on you, your family, and friends.

1. In our classes don’t rush. Experience the entire range of motion and notice if it is improving in range, comfort level or stability. Our goal is a painless flow from the beginning to the end of your range and your return to the beginning position. Breathe. Be mindful of your breath and your motion. 

The same instructions could be given to your life outside our studio. Experience the process of all you want to get done. Don’t force it. Breathe. The crazy drivers will be easier to tolerate if you breathe and it will help you to keep from becoming one of those drivers. Over the years I have found that my holidays were happy and joyful even if a few of my to do items didn’t get done.

2. Consider whether you are making things more difficult than they need to be. Does everything on your list need to be accomplished today? Many times, not. Evaluate your list and make adjustments. 

3. Does everyone on your list need a material gift? What if you gifted time with you? A hike, a bike ride, maybe a shopping trip. It doesn’t need to be an activity out of town. Maybe an afternoon stroll through one of your favorite downtowns checking out the new shops and a stop at a favorite café for a leisurely cup of coffee. 

4. Consider helping with a task the giftee is anticipating. Maybe they are painting and need some assistance. Maybe they need a sitter from time to time. What can you do to help the people on your list with the various tasks they have in their future? Give them a card expressing your gift as an opportunity to spend time with that person. What a great gift and the task will be accomplished faster and with more joy.

5. Are there things you have, that others may enjoy? Maybe you have grandma’s china, grandpa’s pocketknife, whatever. Something they have expressed an interest in and maybe in the past you felt they were not mature enough to appreciate the item or maybe you weren’t ready to let it go. We all have too much stuff. Share those items with those who have an interest. Help them learn how to care for the item and share its history. 

6. Does everything need to be wrapped? Maybe a game of seek and find could make the gift more fun. When Kim was young, we hid clues around the house, and she had to solve the riddles to track down her gift.

7. Might you consider a year with no gifts. It works best if all agree so there are no hard feelings, but it really shouldn’t matter. We all have way more stuff than we need. Experience your time together without the concern for the gifting experience. 

8. Make it a game . . . put a limit on the cost of each gift and let the trading begin. Maybe there is a theme to the gift, maybe they are meant to be funny, maybe they are things you would like but never get around to buying. By the end of the game, you might go home with your own gift. Draw a name out of a hat and let that be the first person to select a wrapped gift. Then the next person’s name is drawn. They can take any gift already in the hands of a prior participant or they can take a new package from under the tree. And it continues until all participants have had a turn. There is generally at least one gift that is deemed to be very worthy and is traded multiple times. It can be a lot of fun. 

9. Maybe your gift is a monthly membership to whatever interests them . . . a gym or fitness center, crafting, dance lessons. It doesn’t need to last a lifetime . . . one month is enough to get them started. Or maybe your gift includes you going with them. 

10. Whatever you decide, breathe, experience the process, and enjoy those with whom you are sharing the holidays. Try to break away from the chaos and stress of so many holidays. Think about the people on your list and what they like. The pandemic has caused many to stretch their monthly budgets. Many items are not in stock. Relieve yourself of the stress. Let your gifts be a reflection of your relationship with the person and finding ways to enjoy them more while giving them more of you.

Please let us know some of the creative ways you have found to take stress out of the holidays. Till next time,

Move well
Stay healthy
Be happy 
Live your life with passion
Bye Bye