10 Ways to Make This Holiday Season All About Mindfulness

Have a happy holiday

Dec 18, 2017

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The holidays are for spending time with family and friends, celebrating the end of the year, watching Christmas movies, and lighting the menorah. It’s a cookie-filled celebration that while amazing, can also feel stressful. From holiday parties, to family time, to shopping for others, the busy season is in full swing come December. Check out these 10 mindful ways you can enjoy the holiday season.




1. PRIORITIZE YOUR PLANS

There are always plenty of activities and social plans around this time of year, and it can feel overwhelming to fit everything in. Try and prioritize the events that are the most important and take time to check in with yourself. If you’re able to fit more in, great! If not, that’s okay too.

2. ENJOY YOURSELF IN MODERATION

Hot chocolate, eggnog, cookies, doughnuts, and pies are practically everywhere. Instead of limiting yourself, savor your favorite foods and really enjoy them. Allow yourself to indulge in your seasonal must-haves and view the food as a special part of the holidays. Just make sure you’re still giving your body the nutrients it needs.

3. PRACTICE GRATITUDE

Yes, this season is about giving. It’s also about taking a moment to remember what you’re grateful for and count your blessings in life. Take a few breaths during a moment of chaos and practice gratitude for the people or things that make you the happiest.

4. SPREAD THE JOY

While it’s always a great time to give back to those in need, the holidays serve as a reminder to contribute to the community and spread some joy. Volunteer at a toy drive, or visit a homeless shelter and serve a meal. Giving back allows you to focus on what’s really important in life.

5. CARVE OUT ‘ME’ TIME

Stay grounded by carving out some time just for yourself. Watch your favorite show, read a book, cook your favorite meal, exercise or do whatever it is you love most. There is nothing like a little downtime to calm, center, and lift your mood.

6. PRACTICE PATIENCE AND COMPASSION

Everyone has a lot going on this time of year, so remember approach situations with compassion. Not only will this keep your stress levels down, it will help you get through the holidays with ease. And who knows, maybe your merry and bright outlook with affect others as well.

7. SIMPLIFY THINGS

Make ‘do the things that bring me joy’ your motto. If it stresses you out to host a cookie party, don’t be afraid to participate in a way you’re comfortable with. Find the ways that make this season special and focus on those moments. Make it simple for yourself so you can enjoy the holidays.

8. ASK FOR HELP

It’s more than alright to ask for help during this hectic time. Check items off your list, prioritize your to-dos, and seek out additional hands if needed. It won’t feel like a break if you’re overwhelmed, so go easy on yourself and don’t hesitate to delegate.

9. STICK TO YOUR ROUTINE

Try and keep up with your routine if you can. If exercising four times a week is necessary for your body and soul, keep up with your gym schedule. Having a routine will make a big difference for your mood.

10.  SPEND TIME OUTDOORS

For many, spending time in nature helps them stay focused and gives them serenity. Step away from the chaos and go from overstimulated to peaceful and reflective. The quietness will help you refocus and remember what you value most.

REBECCA WOJNO, CONTRIBUTOR
Rebecca is passionate about reading, cooking, and learning about people doing good in the world. She especially loves writing about wellness, personal growth, and relationships.

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