Exercise #42 – Reduce Holiday Stress

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The award winning blog of seated exercises based on Qigong and Yang style T’ai Chi for people of all ages and levels of fitness.


Thought for the Day

“Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.”

Tao Te Ching, #16

Translated by S. Mitchell


All the stresses of the holidays can take the joy right out of the season.  By the time Christmas Eve rolls around, we’re often too tired to enjoy it.   The following exercise is a quick relaxing, meditative way to de-stress after you complete one project and before you move on to the next one.

Benefits The exercise below will take you no longer than 5 or 10 minutes to complete.  It will calm you down before bedtime or in between tasks.

Posture – It is especially important to sit with your hips tucked under so that the calming, healing energy can move easily throughout your body and mind.  Sit with your feet shoulder-width apart, feet flat on the floor.

  1. Begin by breathing from your diaphragm in through your nose, slowly.  Bring both hands in front of your chest.
  2. As you blow out your breath through your mouth, press your hands forward in a smooth, flowing movement without tension.
  3. Continue to move your hands forward and back to your chest in time with your breathing for at least 12 repetitions.
  4. Return your hands to your lap and continue to breathe slowly in and out for a couple seconds.
  5. Remain in this relaxed position while you concentrate on relaxing the muscles of your face, neck, shoulders and arms.  Take several slow breaths.
  6. Now, move your attention to your trunk, lower back and hips as you direct healing energy into those areas of your body.  Again, take several slow, deep breaths.
  7. Finally, turn your attention to your legs.  As you concentrate on the rhythm of your breathing, move the energy gradually down your thighs into your calves and all the way to the bottom of your feet. 
  8. Remain for a few more seconds with your eyes closed, your attention focused on each breath.

chest-and-head-pressure-points1Combine the 2 acupressure points, CV17 Sea of Tranquility and GV24.5 Third Eye Point to further relax both your mind and body as described below.  Information is again taken from Michael Reed Gach’s wonderful book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.


  • Continue to sit comfortably with your hips tucked under, back supported by the back of your chair.
  • Find the Third Eye Point between your eyebrows at the point where the bridge of your nose meets your forehead.  Press the middle finger of your right hand at this spot.
  • The pressure point, Sea of Tranquility, is located at the center of your breastbone about midway up from the base.
  • Use the fingertips of your left hand at this spot, holding both hands in place while you breathe slowly in and out.  Close your eyes and concentrate on the movement of your breath.



 Don’t forget to take a drink of water at the end of your relaxation session or at any time during the exercise if you are feeling thirsty.


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~The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.~






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