Catherine Fenske, Ph.D.

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December 6, 2012
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FENSKE: Exhale your seasonal stress

"Yes, the holidays do bring a magic and excitement to the month of December, but the stress, loneliness and blues pre-packaged with the festivities can be enough to drag one-fourth of us across the tenuous line from sanity to insanity." - Therese Borchard

Are you feeling stressed as you prepare for the Christmas holiday coming up in a few weeks? Do you wish there were more hours in the day to accomplish all the things you feel compelled to accomplish? Unfortunately, instead of this being a season of joy for many people it is a season of added stress.

As the shopping starts amping up to an almost feverish energy trying to get those last-minute gifts, as the lines in the stores and at the post office get longer and longer, as the parking gets more and more difficult to find, stress can certainly trump any joy you may have felt. It seems that people are grumpy and frustrated rather than relaxed and joyful.

If this resonates with you there are steps you can take to relieve some of the stress you are feeling and return to the energy of joy. Start by STOPPING! Stop and take a few moments just to breathe and reconnect to your heart center. Breathe. Relax your mind and body and feel the stress releasing. Stay with the natural flow of your breath and begin to feel that sense of joy returning to you. Feel your aliveness in the moment.

When you are in the flow of life, time has a way of expanding. When you are in that place of joy and ease, there will be enough time to accomplish what needs to be done. If you are stressed, time will contract and you will get less accomplished and feel the worse for it. Breathe.

Commit to taking a few time-outs during your day to nurture your being and reconnect to what is important. A few moments will do wonders to improve your attitude, increase your energy and keep you balanced and in harmony with the flow of life. Your outer experience will start to reflect your inner peace and you will return to this season of joy.

The cool thing is you can take this little exercise with you wherever you go. So if you start getting frustrated with all the crazy drivers out there, if you start to get all tensed up because of the rude person in front of you in the line at the post office, if you start to feel like time is running out and stress is creeping back in...just breathe.

By staying conscious and programming joy into your internal guidance system you will navigate through the next weeks with ease. You will benefit by having an overall sense of well-being. And those around you will also benefit because they will be affected by your joy.

You know that saying, "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me?" I say, for the next few weeks, have your inner voice repeat, "Let there be joy AND peace on Earth and let it begin with me." What a great mantra for the holiday season!

My gift to you for the holiday is the giving of this article today. I hope you find value in it and I hope it serves you in the highest way. My wish for you is that you experience an incredibly joyful week that is relaxing, peaceful and fun!

Catherine Fenske, Ph.D. (c), is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is a certified life coach and spiritual counselor. She is also a Reiki Master/teacher. Catherine can be reached at 505-795-7779 or at Go to or visit her blog at to learn more about her.

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