- Penny Petersson
3 ways to support yourself this Christmas
It is the Holiday season - and you know what that means?! A bunch of fun! But also, for many of us this is a very stressful time.
Stress has a massive impact on your body, and your pelvic floor. So if you are here because you live with pelvic pain, and you find that the pain gets a little bit worse this time of year - stress might be one of the contributors (along with all the sitting while watching those lovely Xmas movies). So today I bring you 3 ways you can support yourself (and your lovely pelvis) this Christmas, to help ease the pain, minimize the stress, and focus more on the fun parts of Christmas.
Breathe. For the love of the Grinch, just breathe. I cannot stress how much how you are breathing impacts your pelvis. If you find yourself feeling pain, overwhelmed, stress, place your hands on your belly and take 3 breaths into your pelvis. If you need some guidance, you can find that here in this short breathing video.
Eat whatever the heck you want. Christmas is stressful enough without you worrying about if you eat one too many cookies. Eat what makes you happy, and know that you, and your body, are still just as worthy after Christmas.
Focus on three stretches that makes your pelvis feel good! It can be any three stretches, or movements that you know support your pelvis, and that help ease your pain. If you need some inspiration, here you go:
Straight away when you wake up roll on over into a Child's pose! Focus on breathing into your low back and pelvis, and just feel into your body to start the day off.
Modified Happy Baby is a big favourite of mine - and it's an easy one to find relief in. Breathe into the space between your sitz bones (aka your pelvic floor), and let the tailbone drop to the floor.
Find a Deep Yogi Squat while watching those lovely Christmas movies, or while wrapping your gifts. This can also be done against a wall, or your couch, for some extra support. Breathe into your Root Chakra, and feel the space you are creating in your pelvis. Also notice if you are sucking your belly in, or do you feel comfortable just letting it be and move with the breath?
4. BONUS! It's okay to say NO when you don't want to do something. This is your life, your time, your holiday, if you don't want to do something, it's okay to simply say no.
Finally, I just want you to know that I am so grateful for you - Thank you for being here. Have a lovely Christmas!
With love, Penny