Here is your sign to take a deep breath, decompress, and process. You have found your way here to receive a reminder that the most wonderful time of the year doesn’t come without the craziness, the feels, and the whirlwind. This is your invitation to take a step back, disengage from the world for a moment, and tune in to what is going on with you. You can do this on your lunch break, at your desk, in your bathroom with the door shut while people are scurrying around the party — whenever or wherever you feel.

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Step one

Breathe, breathe, breathe. Take a deep breath — in for three, out for five. Now do it again, because you deserve it. In order to get in tune with your headspace, you have to tell your body you are safe and to not be alarmed, and biologically speaking the quickest way to do that is with your breath. Soothe yourself and close your eyes, or find a gaze that is comfortable.

The holidays demand a little more time, energy, and exertion, so reclaim your strength back with your breath.

Step Two

Feel your feet firmly planted on the ground, feel your body become a bit heavier, a bit more relaxed. Start to completely drop into your body, move around for a second in a way that feels good. Let your thoughts go from your to-do list to the deeper thoughts that may have come up for you. Depression and anxiety are heightened around the holidays. It is completely normal for past hurt, experiences, and unresolved issues to come up.

Now is the time to let go of doubt and fear, and remind yourself of who you are and what you are here to do. Let go of the anxiety of not being good enough, not doing enough, or not measuring up to some made up expectation. You’re being divinely guided — heal up, and dance in your unique sacred story.

Step Three

Spend some time in awe. This is a very sacred time in all beliefs including Judaism, Christianity, Paganism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikh, and more. This time is deep and sacred regardless of religion or faith. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the mysteries of life. What are your values? What, who, and how do you love? What do you have to do in this present moment to immerse yourself in the awe of daily living?

You are here. Out of the seven billion or more people on this Earth, you are you, and surrounded by the souls you are spending these holidays with, and in the time and space you’re in. Is that not magic? There are no accidents, so reflect deeply on all that surrounds you, and all that serves you.

Step Four

Return to your breath, take one last deep one, hold it, and release. You are ready to go back to the holiday intensity with a new perspective, a new sense of calm and purpose, and a heightened awareness of your cosmic life.


Enjoy your holidays, and remember to honor yourself while honoring the divine and the ones you love. We are all connected.

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Ani Ferlise
Written by Ani Ferlise
A wild woman living amongst the trees in Oregon, I can be found listening to classic rock, talking with my cat Patrick Swayze, and playing with crystals and herbs. I am the Creative Copywriter, creating content filled with how to enjoy the little things and the magic of every day life. I live my life by Bob Dylan’s quote: “All I can do is be me, whoever that is.”