Mindfulness and the Holidays
Mindfulness and the holidays. With the demands of the holidays it is all too easy to get caught up in all the things to do, places to go and people to see that our mindfulness practices fly out the window without us even realizing it.
The good news is that there are some mindful strategies you can give some thought to as part of a healthy holiday game plan.
With just a little extra awareness, they can provide you with a rewarding holiday experience.
More emotions, more reactions:
Holidays tend to trigger a wide range of emotions both good and bad. Being mindful allows us to acknowledge their existence. Not all holiday emotions are happy. Don’t set yourself up for failure or self-criticism by trying to ignore or suppress them. Be curious about them as they arise.
More doing, less being:
Planning, preparing, serving, hosting… these and a myriad of other demands can take you right out of the moment. Remember to be kind to yourself. It isn't fair to hold yourself to a higher standard than you would others. A little self-care here will go a long way.
The holidays are a moment to moment to moment experience, not merely lurching from event to event.
More shopping, more stress:
It almost seems an odd concept--mindful shopping—yet, we can easily get caught up in knocking off our gift shopping in order to get on to the next item on the ‘to do’ list. We have gifts purchased, perhaps without any real thought behind them and quite possibly costing more than we intended to spend, all of which causes us stress and to be self-critical or judgmental. What holiday fun is that? Plan time to sit and reflect on a gift that reflects the connection between you and the recipient.
More them, less you:
As you focus on being compassionate and supporting those near and dear, whether through hosting meals, buying gifts, attending events you quickly can lose your equilibrium. It bears repeating that time for yourself, kindness towards yourself, less judgement of yourself leaves you in a much better mental and physical state to be the compassionate supportive person you wish to be.
By keeping your mindfulness practice as a conscious priority you will be better able to keep events in perspective.
If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy reading some of my other posts:
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Mindfulness activities and Mindfulness art are my principal interests. Prior to my career as a painter I wrote and directed short films. I’m also a certified training manager and designer. These skills dovetail with my longstanding interest in Mindfulness, meditation and life-long learning. I enjoy creating emotional paintings that are not only beautiful but which support and enhance a Mindfulness practice. Do feel free to join our community to receive my notes on mindfulness practices and special offers on new artwork created to inspire a healthier, happier and more resilient life.