It’s time to rest up for the holidays.
This time of year, we are often so busy that we can’t do what we’d really like to do: appreciate one another, give thanks, celebrate. Instead, we’ve built a long to-do list, our usual routines are disrupted, and we get less sleep than usual.
It’s a perfect recipe for boosted stress levels. So here are three suggestions to help keep you on an even keel over the holidays:
1. For five minutes, four times a day, stop briefly. It’s a simple way to practice just being instead of doing. Bring your attention to your own breath and body in the moment, just as they are. And no need to think about your to-do list—guaranteed, it will be there when you’re done.
2. Try forgoing a few invitations this year. And don’t be shy about ducking out of parties early. You might be surprised at the extra time you’ll find for yourself, not to mention feeling like you’re securely in the driver’s seat of your own life.
3. Spread compassion around liberally this season (and all other times of the year), and direct a bit of that holiday spirit your own way, too. Especially if you overcook the turkey or don’t get someone the “perfect” gift!
These three tips offer just a taste of the many ways you can breathe, relax, and make the most of the holiday season. For more information about mindfulness, or to subscribe to Mindful Magazine in print or digital format, visit mindful.org.