This is something a little different to try, if you haven’t tried ASMR before.
This YouTuber, ASMR Darling, has assembled a variety of Christmas items. Along with her voice, she uses the items in this video to produce sensory effects that can spur a pleasant and relaxing response in many people. She receives millions of views for her amusing and well-produced ASMR videos.
Watching and listening to the “triggers” in a video like this can make you feel relaxed or sleepy. Some of the sounds might make you feel shivery or tingly (but not in an unpleasant way). Others might not elicit a response. Everyone is different. I recommend you listen to this video using headphones to take advantage of the binaural effects.
I hope you enjoy it! It’s an innocent, free, holiday pleasure!
I especially like the tapping…and the Christmas tree! Let me know if you had any tingles!
Here is a lovely, guided meditation from Peaceful Meditations that offers a soothing and creative spoken script facilitating visualization of beautiful Christmas imagery, accompanied by soft, background Christmas music.
I hope you can take time to relax and make meditation a part of your self care this holiday season.
Did you know that 1 in 5 people cope with a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety? And that 1 in 10 people are in recovery from addiction? If you have one of these challenges, you are not alone. And you may know that Christmas can be an especially stressful time, and that stress can make these conditions worse.
Even if you do not have one of these conditions, if you are spending Christmas alone, you may feel anxious or down about it. Or maybe you just find getting together with your family to be a bit stressful.
Well, it is stressful. Christmas Day is the number one day of the year for heart attacks. The second highest is the day after Christmas.
That’s why everyone needs a self-care plan for Christmas. Your self-care plan should remind yourself that you have value and provide for resources in case you need them. Talk with a therapist, sponsor, relative or friend about your Christmas Day self-care plan. This builds in a measure of accountability.
Here’s an example of a self-care plan for Christmas.
What other ideas do you have for a Christmas self-care plan?
This year, I have been learning and practicing meditation and mindfulness as part of my self care and personal development. I wanted to share this gratitude meditation. It’s only 5 minutes long.
If you feel your attention wandering, just notice the feeling or thought and turn your attention back to your breath. It’s normal to feel distracted or think of other things.
Have you ever spent Thanksgiving by yourself? You’re not alone! Maybe you are one of the people who…
- Are single and live alone; a growing population in nearly every age range.
- Share custody of their kids and it’s not their turn to spend Thanksgiving with them this year.
- Can’t afford to travel to see distant relatives.
- Don’t have any family members left or are estranged from their family.
- Work on Thanksgiving Day or on Black Friday.
- Experience depression, anxiety or other challenges that cause them to isolate.
- Enjoy having the day to themselves.
Be present in all things, and thankful for all things — Maya Angelou
Did you know that 1 in 5 people cope with a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety? And that 1 in 10 people are in recovery from addiction? If you have one of these challenges, you are not alone. Thanksgiving can be an especially stressful time, and that stress can make these conditions worse. Even if you do not have one of these conditions, Thanksgiving may stress you out.
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” — Aesop
The Health Benefits of Gratitude
It’s amazing that the active practice of gratitude has more positive impact on some aspects of our health than prescription medication (with zero side effects!). Gratitude journaling or thoughts have been found to reduce blood pressure, alleviate depression, improve sleep, boost energy, reduce pain and motivate physical activity.
With the holidays on the way, the last thing you probably want to happen is for you or one of your loved ones to catch a cold or the flu. The good news is there’s a few things you can do to minimize your chances of getting sick.
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“You can’t have Thanksgiving without turkey. That’s like Fourth of July without apple pie, or Friday with no two pizzas.” — Joey, Friends
Thanksgiving dinner can be a healthy meal, if you approach it sensibly, and it only comes once a year, so I think you should enjoy it. But don’t let it sabotage your weight management plan, either.