December is holiday season in most parts of the world. In some people, the holidays stir feelings of happy abandon. To others, the demands of the celebration season can mean considerable stress. In this final edition of our month-by-month resolutions, let's talk about ways to make this holiday season your happiest ever!
WEEK I: This month, more than any other month in the calendar, you need to find time for yourself. The challenge is to find that time every day, Monday through Friday, however packed your schedule. Do not, however, let the quest for finding some quiet "me-time" become a source of anxiety in itself. Be on the lookout for moments you can snatch and steal from right under the nose of your work-related files and to-do lists. Use those moments to get back in touch with yourself — just like you would find time to make a quick phone call to a loved one. Get some light exercise. Drink a glass of water. Close your eyes and just sit. Even a precious few of these me-moments will bring you a great sense of calm in the chaos of Holi-daze. To turn a familiar quote around: "Don't get mad: get even-tempered."
WEEKEND I: This weekend, think about more ways to feel calm and strengthen your immunity. One great ally in your quest for calm can be the Worry Free herbal formula from Maharishi Ayurveda. With medhya (good for the mind) herbs like Shankapushpi (Dwarf Morning Glory), Worry Free helps you function well in hectic Vata-vitiating times. Supplement your efforts toward staying stress-free with a cup or two of Worry Free Tea. Two powerful healing herbs used in Worry Free Tea are Ashwagandha and Arjuna. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic, which means that it combats physical fatigue that converts to mental dullness. Research shows that Arjuna supports the physical and emotional heart.
WEEK II: Tea, when prepared with healing herbs, can provide great benefit to mind and body. This week, treat yourself to some sereni-tea. Nothing says calm like a cup of hot Organic Vata Tea in winter. Sweet and soothing, this tea contains spices and herbs used in many synergistic ayurvedic formulations. Just a few sips, and you can feel the healing magic of licorice, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom go to work on your mind, body, and emotions. Perfect for keeping your sanity and health during holiday season.
WEEKEND II: Select a gift of good health to give to your friends and family this season. Check out Maharishi Ayurveda's extensive catalog to choose from a premium-quality range of ayurvedic products, including nutritional supplements, aroma oils and diffusers, massage oils, spices, beverages, and much more. Bonus: Secure online shopping at http://www.mapi.com makes holiday gift-buying a breeze!
WEEK III: Look forward to happy times: you're gathered by the warm glow of the fireplace, ensconced in the company of your loved ones. But wait — why does your skin look parched and pinched? Sadly, Vata dosha can wreak havoc on skin in winter. So begin this week by preparing to glow: moisturize your thirsty skin with a good-quality Herbal Massage Oil. Give your facial skin extra lipid support with Maharishi Ayurveda's Youthful Skin Oil. Drink plenty of water, and eat warm and unctuous food cooked in ghee or olive oil.
WEEKEND III: In spite of our best efforts, it is perfectly possible to feel overworked and overwhelmed during the holiday season. Result: your Vata dosha can get aggravated — and December being a Vata-dominated month, this can bring on a lot of physical and mental fatigue. Slow down, instead. Think of this weekend as the zone of calm between two extra-busy weeks. Think of all the blessings you have received, and be thankful for them.
WEEK IV: Well, this is holiday time, and the best advice you can get is to truly revel in the celebrations! Bask in the warmth of the fireplace and family gatherings. Open your heart to friendship and love. Laugh. Live.
WEEKEND IV: Go ahead; raise your glass. Of warm water, that is. Boiled water is charged with heat, becoming sharper in quality (sookshma). This sharpness allows it to cleanse the channels and penetrate deeper levels of the physiology. If you add spices to your drinking water, you get the therapeutic benefits of those spices at a deep molecular level, through aroma and taste. During Vata season — particularly holiday time — drinking plenty of spice water is a great way to cleanse the body's channels, hydrate the tissues, and flush out waste. The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians recipe for Vata Balancing Water: Boil two quarts of water for 5 minutes. Take it off the heat and add 3 leaves mint, 1/2 t. fennel seed, and 1/4 t. marshmallow root. Place the water in a thermos. Sip it throughout the day at a warm but not hot temperature.
WEEK V: A brand new year is just round the corner — waiting for you to greet it with enthusiasm and joy. Get more verve into your being with the powerful goodness of Amrit. Prepared from some of nature's rarest and most healing herbs and fruits, Amrit will keep you humming and healthy through the next year — and ever after. Have a delightful December.
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