The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a period filled with social gatherings, gift shopping, decorating, family get togethers, and overall indulgence. While this is known as the “most wonderful time of the year”, it can also be a stressful time for many of us as we see relatives we don’t necessarily get along with, spend more than we should on gifts trying to please and scramble to wrap things up at the office before our family vacation. Despite certain circumstances being out of our control, how we react and handle what is happening around us can mean the difference between a positive and a stressful holiday season. Here are a couple of simple mindfulness tips to help you get trough the holidays smoothly and joyfully.
Eat mindfully. With the many family meals and work parties, it seems as though the opportunities to overindulge are endless during the holidays. Practicing mindful eating, involving all the senses with every bite, is one way to savor holiday treats without going overboard. However, it is also important to remember that if and when you do find yourself going for a third serving, don’t beat yourself up about it. Be gentle and kind with yourself and remember that the holidays only come once a year.
Take time for yourself. Despite all the busyness that surrounds the holidays, be sure to carve out some time alone. This could mean a quick meditation session in a quiet room before the big family dinner, or a nice walk on the beach early in the morning. Whatever it may be for you, allowing yourself the time and space to get grounded will do wonders for your state of mind.
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Wishing you a joyful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!