Managing Your Holiday Anxiety: 4 Self-Care Strategies

 

The holidays allow us to pause and truly take time to connect with our families, friends, and loved ones. However, for many of us, it can also mean a great deal of anxiety that stems from myriad sources, such as:

-having to prepare for and host a large holiday party;

-the stressors of financially overextending ourselves on gifts;

-long-distance travel by way of plane, train, or automobile; or

-having to endure those family members that we may truly love, but don’t particularly like or enjoy.

And these are just a few of the reasons that we feel more nervous during this merriest of seasons.

HOW TO MANAGE HOLIDAY ANXIETY

Below are four tips to help you manage this anxiety.

Tip #1: Get sufficient sleep.

The holidays tend to take you out of your regular routine. You and/or your family may not have to get up early to go to work or school, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw your schedule out the window, sleep in until noon, and stay up late. It’s important to get enough sleep every night. Research suggests that sleep deprivation can actually cause more anxiety. So try to stick as much as possible to a regular schedule and get enough sleep so you can recharge your brain, improve your focus, and elevate your mood.

Tip #2: Eat as healthily as possible.

At this time of year, we’re surrounded by candies, chocolates, cakes, and more! As much as possible, try not to overindulge on the sweet treats. While sugar doesn’t cause anxiety, it can make your symptoms worse. Eat balanced meals, and perhaps a small sweet after dinner. This will avoid the rush of energy and sugar crash you get when you go straight to dessert on an empty stomach.

Tip #3: Don’t stop exercising.

If physical activity is a part of your usual routine, it’s important you stick to it during the holiday season. It’s very easy decide to treat yourself by taking a day or week off from the gym. But physical activity works as an excellent anxiety management tool. It takes your mind off your frustrations, and releases mood-enhancing endorphins.

Tip #4: Take a few minutes every day to meditate.

Not only should you foster a healthy body, but you should also foster a healthy mind. One great way to combat and relieve the holiday jitters is to indulge in just a few minutes of meditation every day. Not only will it decrease any depression you may be experiencing, but it has been proven to make people more resilient to stress, reduce stress levels, and relieve emotional pain, all of which will make you much more compassionate to those around you.

So breathe deeply, be present, tune into your body, and remember during those tough anxiety-riddled moments that we all want the same thing. If you’re feeling hurt by a family member, understand that they, like you, are doing the best they can. Pause to center yourself (leave the room if you have to), clear your mind of the overwhelm, and let the feelings and emotions pass through you.

HOW BOSTON’S BEST PSYCHIC MEDIUM CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR ANXIETY

I believe that only when we change our thought patterns, can we change our moods and allow ourselves to heal, physically and spiritually. Our thoughts are powerful and have significant effects on our minds, hearts, and bodies. Guided meditation is an excellent way to relieve stress, both the acute (during the holiday season) and the chronic (if you suffer from it every day of your life).

I have been giving psychic intuitive sessions for nearly 30 years, and have helped multiple clients open themselves to mindfulness and broaden their understanding of the importance of inner peace in what can sometimes be a chaotic world. I help others understand where their anxiety comes from, how to let it go and not let it impact them, and how to move toward healing.

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The History of Psychic Mediums in the US Part 3

Spirit Communication: Legitimate Practice or Fraudulent Hoax?

Spiritualism was embraced not only because of its philosophical aspects and the comfort and stability it provided (namely, the hope that there was life after death), but also because it combined empirical scientific methods and discoveries of the time, with the religious afterlife.

While the Roman Catholic Church decreed the practice be condemned, it did approve the scientific investigation of related psychic phenomena. By the end of the 19th Century, spiritualism inspired physic research into the various claims made by mediums and supporters, such as telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, and spirit contact. The practice became a way to provide evidence to support the religious beliefs in life after death, and the existence of the soul.

Spiritualism gained credibility with the support of distinguished members of society, including the New York Tribune editor, Horace Greeley, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote, in The New Revelation (1918):

The conclusion, then, of my long search after truth, is that in spite of occasional fraud, which Spiritualists deplore, and in spite of wild imaginings, which they discourage, there remains a great solid core in this movement which is infinitely nearer to positive proof than any other religious development with which I am acquainted.

Research at the time proved the existence of clairvoyance and the legitimacy of spirit contact. Sir William Crookes, president of the Royal Society, which is the national scientific organization of Great Britain, investigated and pronounced as genuine, phenomena produced by at least one medium, Florence Cook.

Of course, not all mediums are created equal. This can be said about people in any profession or vocation. There were some mediums exposed as frauds. In the 20th Century, famous magicians like Harry Houdini, Milbourne Christopher, and James Randi joined efforts to expose their practices. This somewhat damaged spiritualism’s reputation and pushed it to the fringes of society, but it was revisited and reborn in full force in the 1970s.

I am a psychic medium who has honed and trained my abilities to communicate with the souls of those who have passed. For more information on my sessions, please contact me here.

The History of Psychic Mediums in the US Part 2

 The Spiritualist Movement Takes Hold Across the US

 

Spiritualism got its name in the 1850s. It was fashionable with both men and women across every social class, and, in fact, what differentiated it from other major organized religions of the time was the significant role played by women and lay people. It was accessible even to those on the religious margins.

Spiritualism became widespread and common as a form of entertainment through the mass media, having been written about in various publications, like the Scientific American, the New York Herald, and the New York Times. Historically, spiritualism was organized in small groups or private sessions with mediums conducting séances. Larger gatherings were also held for public demonstrations. In the 1860s and 1870s, you could sit for spirit photographs, or take part in séances “for kicks,” where ghosts appeared, voices spoke, and messages wrote themselves.

 

In the 1880s, it’s estimated that there were 8 million spiritualists across the US and Europe. And while the spiritualist movement didn’t organize as a church, associations appeared in various areas of the US after the Civil War. The National Spiritualist Association (later the National Spiritualist Association of Churches) was organized in 1893.

How did other religious organizations react? The church associated the practice with witchcraft. Protestant bodies were anti-spiritualist, and the Holy Office of the Roman Catholic Church decreed, in 1898, that spiritualistic practices be condemned. Despite all this, spiritualism thrived. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, there were 250,000 practicing spiritualists in the US.

 

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Space Clearing Historic Homes

When it comes to space clearing my favorite structures to clear are historic homes. I find them endlessly fascinating because old buildings are likely to have energetic imprints from days gone by. I’m highly sensitive to these imprints and often find myself traveling back in time witnessing repetitions of important events that took place in that building.

The easiest way to explain this phenomenon is that high-intensity emotions and events are energetically embedded in the fabric of a location. Space clearing cannot remove this type of energy, known as place memory, or residual energy.

What happens during a space clearing ritual?

When I prepare for a space clearing, if at all possible, I visit the site. I put my hands on the walls to sense the embedded energy. All buildings have the potential for energetic imprints. Historic homes have been around longer so it’s more likely that a tragedy has happened within the structure. A few extreme examples of place memories in historic homes are: Seeing people in period clothing experiencing what life was like before the Battle of Bunker Hill, hearing their conversations as a family deals with a devasting influenza, or the sound of a bugle playing taps at Gettysburg. Please note that not all place memories are negative. 

As I said earlier, space clearing can’t remove residual energy. Space clearings address a different kind of energy. The kind of energy that accumulates in buildings over time as people go about living their lives. Most often, I clear the energetic residue from negative life experiences such as anger, frustrations, fears, illnesses, divorce, bankrupcy, deceipt, and other types of low vibration energy.

Space clearing techniques

I’ve experimented with various combinations of space clearing techniques when clearing a historic home. It’s been my experience that older buildings have more entrenched energy that is harder to release. Kinesthetically, it feels similar to a room without ventilation – heavy and stale. 

The combination of space clearing techniques that seem to work well in an old structure are clapping, sound healing, and essential oils. The strongest of these three tools is the Tibetan singing bowl. As I walk around the building playing the Tibetan bowl, sacred sound waves permeate the foundation, floors, ceiling, and walls, raising the vibration. 

 The building starts resonating at a higher frequency. The space feels lighter, more peaceful, and soothing. I finish the clearing by misting the entire area with a solution of water mixed with essential oils such as lemon, orange or lavender.

Top Ten Reasons For Doing A Space Clearing

What results should I expect from a space clearing?

Space clearings set healing energy in motion. Houses centuries old are able to absorb the higher frequency vibration. Be aware that historic homes may need more than one space clearing.

One client reported that after a space clearing in her Victorian home that she went off in a new creative direction. Another client said the clearing had a calming effect on his pets. Results are unique for each clearing. Healing energy goes where it’s most needed in the building. This holds true for the people who inhabit the house as well.

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Top Ten Reasons To Do A Space Clearing

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Space clearing is an ancient ritual that dates back to 1500BCE in Egypt when they burned incense to honor the gods and to enhance relaxation and sleep. As it turns out, the Egyptians weren’t the only culture who did space clearings. Native Americans burned plants such as cedar and sage to use as spiritual “smoke baths” to cleanse the body and the home environment. In ancient China, they employed a technique called feng shui that balanced energies (chi) in buildings which promoted well-being and auspicious fortune

Space clearings during ancient times were motivated primarily by religious and spiritual beliefs. Today, we have practical reasons to perform space clearings that may or may not be spiritual.

Top Ten Reasons Why People Get Space Clearings

1) To speed up the process of selling a home or business
2) To remove any negative energy from a home or business they’re purchasing
3) To remove divorce energy from a home
4) To heal mental, emotional and physical illnesses
5) To remove the residue of arguments and conflict
6) To remove the build-up of stressful thoughts and emotions.
7) To promote relaxation, meditation and serenity
8) To raise the vibration so that lower vibration people stay away.
9) To raise the vibration to attract in higher vibrational events and results
10) To set the stage for new thoughts, novel solutions, and enhanced creativity

Though my personal preference for clearing space is to use sound, there are many methods. The most common techniques involve smudgings, oils, incense, clapping, energy healing techniques such as Reiki, herbs, chanting, prayer, misting with essential oils, calling on spirit guides and ancient masters. There isn’t one right way to clear space.

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In my next post I will discuss how space clearings work. This article is part of a series on Space Clearing. I’m interested in your questions and experiences. Please leave your comments below!