Post-Holiday Mindset: 3 Exercises to Feel What You're Feeling

What are you feeling today?

It’s the day after Christmas and so many sensations are rushing through your body and mind. Perhaps ease and calm, perhaps quiet and peaceful. Perhaps a wave of sadness, or the tinge of frustration and resistance knowing that work is around the corner. 

Maybe your belly is full, your body tired and the thought of another year is a mix of exciting and exhausting.

No matter what you are feeling, it’s okay. 

The three activities below are designed to help you acknowledge where you are, feel what you are feeling, and then move into a state of openness and ease. Feel free to pick and choose which sounds best to you, or experience all of them! 

FREE WRITE WITH PROMPT: I RELEASE, I CHOOSE

Free writes are a wonderful way to get your mind flowing without attachment or judgment. The goal is to write as fast as possible with absolutely no pauses or edits! 

Often times we are in a funk and we can’t quite name why or how we got there. Free writes are a fabulous way to get more information about what’s actually going on because you can sidestep your inner critic or ego and get to the heart of what you’re experiencing. 

You will need: A writing utensil and paper. 

  • Step 1: Write “I release” and then fill in the blank with whatever arises, writing as fast as you can without pauses or edits. If you get stuck, just repeat “I release I release I release” until something else comes. Go as long as you possibly can until you really feel like nothing else is in there (usually only takes 3-5 minutes). 
  • Step 2: Take a deep breath and pull out a new page.
  • Step 3: Repeat step 1 with “I choose” and continue until you feel complete. “I release” helps you discard what is not serving you and “I choose” helps your brain and body reorganize around what you do want to feel or experience. 

A PRACTICE IN SCRIBBLING: MEDITATIVE FREEDOM

Whereas the free write helps you tap into what’s actually going on, the scribble allows you to cleanse any leftover gunk and then come back to peaceful presence.

This activity helps you play with the back and forth sensation between chaos and calm, excitement and quiet, freedom and control; reminding your body and brain that you can move back and forth between these extremes with ease and both serve a beautiful purpose. 

You will need: A writing utensil (markers, coloring pencils or crayons optional) and paper. 

  • Step 1: Press your preferred writing utensil to the page and move it as slowly as you possibly can, making a doodle of some sort. Do your best to not plan, but just breathe and let your hand move any which way it desires, keeping it slow and steady.
  • Step 2: Either on that same page or a new one, furiously scribble for a few seconds, just let your hand fly across the page as fast as you can.
  • Step 3: Return to the slow and steady doodle. Breathe deeply. 
  • Step 4: Continue switching back and forth between super fast and super slow scribbles until you feel complete. Feel free to also switch between your dominant and non-dominant hands to help both sides of the brain get involved.

BONDING INTEGRATIVE MOVEMENT

Brain Gym is a form of educational kinesiology that uses simple intentional movements to reduce stress in the body and reconnect areas of the brain. This integrative movement is an In-Depth Brain Gym practice that helps improve the flow of the pericardium meridian. The pericardium is the heart’s protective sac and relates to the emotional and physical protection of our heart. 

It’s a simple movement paired with affirmations that supports our ability to bond with others and ourselves by opening the path to forgiveness.

You will need: Just yourself.

  • Step 1: Sit with the bottoms of the feet together, knees comfortably relaxed outward and arms crossing over your chest.
  • Step 2: Turn your head slightly, breathe deeply and gently sway side-to-side.
  • Step 3: Continue this movement and say internally or aloud: “I embrace and am connected to my family, nature and the world. I am united with my body, mind and feelings. I forgive and embrace all those who have wronged me and I take responsibility for my own growth. I am innocent.”
  • Step 4: Go until you feel complete. 

Remember, you have the power to choose love, joy, peace and forgiveness. These are just some ways to step forward with greater ease. 

Above all, continue to listen to your body with love and then take loving action. It can be as simple as drinking water, eating mindfully or slowing down. When we nourish ourselves, everything becomes easier.


Kelsey Fox Bennett, M.Ed., is an educator, author, healer and movement specialist. Her blend of educational kinesiology, essential oils, and mindfulness help to accelerate healing, reduce stress and reconnect both brain and body. Kelsey sees magic everywhere and cultivates safety through play - two superpowers she’ll happily teach you to have as well!
Connect with her KesleyFoxBennet.com or @kelseyfoxbennett.
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Kelsey Fox Bennett

Kelsey Fox Bennett, M.Ed., is an educator, author, healer and movement specialist. Her blend of educational kinesiology, essential oils, and mindfulness help to accelerate healing, reduce stress and reconnect both brain and body. Kelsey sees magic everywhere and cultivates safety through play - two superpowers she’ll happily teach you to have as well!