Catch & Release. Swapping stress for joy.

With the Holidays in full swing, it is more important than ever to bring the bustle of the season back down to basics. Taking time to wind down, watch the snow fall and sip on something soothing is exactly what the season calls for. 

How about taking it one step further and really diving deep into relaxation. Something that frees your sense of self and acts as a true form of therapeutic escape.  

This past weekend I was part of a wedding for two very dear friends. Though the occasion embodied joy and possessed an unwavering air of love, the preparation for such an affair coupled with the typical seasonal scurry left me flat out by the time the third course had arrived at our table. As time passed I began to wonder how I was going to see myself through the rest of this blessed event. And then out of nowhere the crowd parted and a bright beaconing light shawn a path to the dance floor, somewhat like a light house signalling safety to seamen.

Being part of a musically engaged crew, a dance floor has always been one of my favourite forms of therapy. A place where you can let yourself go and become a part of something bigger. A place where your body does all the talking for you and upon looking around a dance floor, your exact sentiments are reflected back in the form of other like minded beaming faces bouncing beside you. For me it just doesn't get any better than rhythmic camraderie. The simple act of shaking around the floor surrounded by friends, filled me up and gave me the energy I needed for the last leg of the night.  

There are many things that fill me up but dancing is definitely one of my top five ways of letting go and enjoying the moment. 

In these hectic times, I urge you to find ways to relax and unplug and really let yourself go from some of the burdening thoughts and endless obligations that the Holidays can induce. Take some time and really think about what these might be for you. Write them down and stick them somewhere you'll be able to see them on a daily basis and do your best to unplug, unwind and enjoy a select moment in time. 

If happiness is what you're after this Holiday season or in the new year, you may want to check out THE HAPPINESS PLANNER to help focus on what fills you up & makes you whole. 

Here's to a truly happy Holiday season.