Practicing Mindfulness This Holiday Season
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, life can be seemingly more stressful than usual. We're met with financial, social and environmental stressors that can render an individual nearly unwell. Holding these truths in mind, we can acknowledge them and find ways to surpass these stressful obstacles with a little help from a few strategies that awaken our mindfulness and bring calm to this time of year. Read on for a few recommendations from our Regenrus family to yours.
Embrace Compassion for the Self
Always start with the self first. Embracing compassion for the self, self care, etc. are integral to relieving stress within, so that you can carry that positive energy along to others. During this busy season, make a mindful effort to get a good night's rest, exercise when possible, and do things to treat yourself. Self care promotes attentiveness, calm and opens the individual to be more present with family and friends during the holidays.
Engage in Active Listening
Often, we find it easy to tune out during holiday festivities with family and friends for the sake of saving ourselves from stress. This year, re-enter the realm of conversation by simply listening to others. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised with what you may hear and see –– body language counts! Active listening works best when removed from distractions. Try leaving the phone in the car or on a shelf, and keep the TV turned off if possible.
Be Open to Others' Emotions
Use your active listening skills to perceive and understand the emotions of others as they try to convey them to you in conversation. It's likely you're not the only one experiencing extra stress or strong emotions and could perhaps understand their perspective as well. Be open and ready to communicate and share your own feelings as a silver lining for others. A gift in itself!
Balance Your "Shoulds" and Your Needs
There are numerous obligations you'll be met with that are perceived as more important than they actually may be. Some of these obligations may force you to attempt to please all parties involved for the sake of reducing stress, when in actuality it results in quite the opposite. In turn, this can lead to resentment of others and yourself, or a total burnout. This year, plan ahead and learn to say no when a proposed task seems out of reach, helping only when and where you can.
Revamp Your Communication of Care
Traditionally in many cultures, the holidays mean giving physical, tangible gifts as a sign of affection and care. However, there are many other ways to express how we give and receive care. When shopping for gifts, look within and ask yourself " what am I communicating here? Does this effectively showcase how I feel?" If no, you may be surprised to find new, creative ways to express care and gratitude for another in other ways besides a gift. This could be anything from acts of kindness to simply spending quality time with that individual.
We hope you'll take these tips to heart and share the joy and light within yourself with others. Let this holiday season be an opportunity to be more mindful, more open, and less stressful when and where possible.