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Take it slow: How to embrace a more mindful holiday season

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Mindful holidays

The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and being with loved ones. However, it can also be a stressful and overwhelming time, with endless to-do lists, social obligations, and financial pressures. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and lose sight of what's truly important. That's why it's so important to take it slow and embrace a more mindful holiday season.

Put rest & relaxation on your to-do list

One of the key ways to do this is by getting the proper amount of rest. It's easy to stay up late, running errands and attending parties, however, lack of sleep can have serious negative consequences on your physical and mental health. It can lead to irritability, poor concentration, and a weakened immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure to prioritize getting a good night's sleep, and if you find it difficult to wind down, try some relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing.

The beauty of the present moment

Another way to embrace a more mindful holiday season is to take time to savor the present moment, rather than constantly rushing from one thing to the next. This can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths and focusing on your surroundings, or setting aside a few minutes each day for quiet reflection. It's also a good idea to make a conscious effort to be present with the people you're with, rather than multitasking or checking your phone.

Take it easy

It's also important to remember that the holidays don't have to be perfect. There's a lot of pressure to create the perfect holiday experience, but it's important to let go of this expectation and be more flexible. It's okay if things don't go according to plan, or if you don't get everything on your to-do list done. The most important thing is to enjoy the time you have with loved ones and make meaningful connections.

One way to do this is by simplifying your holiday plans and focusing on what's most important to you. This could mean cutting back on the number of events you attend, or prioritizing activities that bring you joy and connection. It could also mean setting boundaries with your time and energy, and saying no to things that don't align with your values or priorities.

Gratitude is KEY

Another way to embrace a more mindful holiday season is to practice gratitude. The holiday season is a great time to reflect on the things you're thankful for and to express your appreciation to others. This can be as simple as sending a heartfelt note or taking a moment to thank someone in person. Gratitude can also help to shift your perspective and make you more resilient to stress.

Self-care is important

Finally, it's important to prioritize self-care during the holiday season. This can be as simple as making time for things that nourish your body and soul, like exercise, meditation, or spending time in nature. It can also mean setting aside time for activities that bring you joy, whether it's reading a good book or taking a long bath. Remember to take breaks and give yourself permission to rest and recharge.

Bottom Line 

The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, but it's also a time when it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and lose sight of what's truly important. By taking it slow, getting the proper amount of rest, savoring the present moment, simplifying your holiday plans, practicing gratitude, and prioritizing self-care, you can embrace a more mindful holiday season and enjoy the time you have with loved ones to the fullest.

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