This Is Your Brain On The Holidays

6 Dec


The holidays can be overwhelming… we are bombarded with too much of a good thing: work, play, kids, relatives, parties, wine, chocolate, candy, shopping, cloying music, fattening food, holiday spirits – and that’s just online.

Your truculent toddler isn’t the only one who needs a quiet time out in a dark corner! Your brain needs a time out, too.


“Easy as pie… did someone say PIE?”


Pity your poor besieged brain cells. Why not pamper them with a mini-meditation break?

Think of MEDITATION as a well-deserved respite for you and your 50 shades of gray matter – only you don’t have to lock yourself in the bathroom with a jug of cheap chardonnay.

MEDITATION is not missile surgery.  Here are a few points to keep in mind as you, um, clear your mind.



Your negative thoughts are involved in a conspiracy of cognitive mischief to make you sick as a lactose-intolerant cat on a hot tin roof.

Has the bank foreclosed on your home?  Wife skip out on you?  Kids delete your texts?  Can’t get that image of a twerking Miley Cyrus off your eyeballs? Just slap a simpering smiley on your heartbreak.











No matter how foolish you feel, there is absolutely NO giggling, NO chuckling, NO snorting, and especially NO guffawing in meditation.  Also, NO crying. That’s even harder to pull off.


Relax your body. Loosen that grip of tension that makes you want to choke your spouse. Focus on the muscles you are clenching… and release.  Stop that squeezing!


When I’m despondent, I forget to breathe and I turn a peculiar shade of cyan.  This makes me unduly twitchy and ruins many an intimate moment. Oddly enough, you need to breathe in and out.


In order to meditate effectively, you must not only trust the loving universe, but also yourself.  Close your eyes. BOTH eyes! No peeking.


Affirmations are the meat of the nut. More on affirmations next week. I know you can’t wait. Neither can I.

Namaste… um, whatever that means.


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6 Responses to “This Is Your Brain On The Holidays”

  1. Jamie@southmainmuse December 8, 2013 at 4:37 am #

    I so agree Barb. Thoughts turn into attitudes and attitudes into action. Calming, positive are the best way to relax. And better for your body than than quick drink or pill. I need to get serious about incorporating yoga into my week. Here’s to a relaxing December.

    • Barb Best December 8, 2013 at 8:59 am #

      Thanks, Jamie. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday to you and your family!

  2. harlan petersen December 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Very amusing and certainly a way to put one in the Christmas spirit . . . .speaking of spirits
    I MIGHT like to lock myself in the bathroom with a GOOD bottle of chardonnay . . . sometime when I’m feeling down and out .. . .

  3. OpinionsToGo December 22, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    Thank you for your very timely post…just the reminder that we all need.

    PS…I really just dropped by to see the snow flakes!!

    • Barb Best December 22, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      Weather! It’s outta control here… may need the snowplows. Thank you for coming by 🙂

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