Top Ways to Achieve Holiday Mindfulness

woman doing yogaAs time passes and we grow older into adulthood, Christmas holidays may lose the magic they had when we were kids. Work, family, expectations, holiday shopping – it all can cause stress and anxiety if you do not take good care of yourself.

Whether you choose to stay at home or take a delightful yoga meditation retreat during the holidays, here are a few tips and activities to keep you centred, grateful and mindful:

Avoid multitasking

Anyone can be a bit carried away, especially during the holidays, but try to focus on one thing at a time. Make a to-do list if you like. If you feel you are getting stressed or anxious, go slowly and take your time.

Breathe

Take advantage of the season to practice conscious breathing. It will help you stay calm and focused, as well as lighten your mood. Pranayama exercises are a great option to achieve a moment of calmness and peace of mind.

Enjoy the moment

Mindfulness is all about enjoying the moment. No matter what you are doing, be it wrapping presents or cooking a holiday meal, take your time to enjoy the smell of food, the feel of scissors gliding through the wrapping paper and the sound of friends laughing. This is likewise the perfect season to practice mindful eating.

Exercise gratitude

Appreciating the small details during the Christmas season can be rewarding. Try to count five things you are grateful for every day of the holidays. Even if it gets hard after a couple of days, it will bring awareness to the small things that might have passed unnoticed.

Wellness is an all year round effort and one that both your body and mind deserve. It is okay to feel overwhelmed sometimes, but knowing you can overcome anything is key to a happy and meaningful life.