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Lift Your Spirit and Relax Your Mind this Holiday Season

by Jingduan Yang, MD

During the holiday season, people experience excitement and festivities, but they can also experience anxiety in relation to family dynamics, friendship and finances.

Meditation is a tool that can help relax you mentally and energize you physically during the holiday season. When you meditate and focus on something "here and now," your sympathetic system tones down, and you can escape being in the harmful "fight or flight" mode. Your parasympathetic system gets activated and your body begins to restore, rejuvenate and repair.

Meditation can take many forms to achieve that goal, as long as you are mindful of being present - of doing what you do in the "here and now."

Learning how to meditate is actually quite simple.

  1. Start by sitting quietly and putting one hand above the other - the left hand above the right for man, and the right hand above the left for woman, with the tips of your thumbs touching each other.
  2. Keep the tip of your tongue touching the upper pallets of your mouth.
  3. Slightly close your eyes and mouth.
  4. Focus on breathing naturally and deeply. Keep your mind on your breathing as much as possible, so you do not think about anything other than meditating.
  5. The longer you meditate the better. Do it when you can, and as long as you can each time.

One of the best ways to meditate this holiday season is by simply focusing on maintaining positive thoughts and loving feelings toward your friends and family members. The warm and positive energy in itself is a priceless gift you can give to others.

The holiday season happens to be in the wintertime here in the US, so nurturing your heart, kidney and liver yin energy, and smoothing the Liver qi will not only reduce your anxiety and improve your sleep, but also help with the "winter blues."

To help alleviate the winter blues, make a tea with Ginger, Ginseng, Goji berry, wild turmeric will add on lifting your spirit in holiday seasons.

To make, simply combine:

  • 600 ml hot water
  • 5 ginseng chips.
  • 3 ginger chips
  • 20 goji berries
  • 3 wild turmeric chips
In a big mug, cover and let brew for 20 minutes. Be sure to drink it warm. Feel free eat the herbs after drinking the tea!

Be well, and happy holidays!

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