Mindful Holidays

The holiday season is usually a time that has us moving in overdrive, but that takes all the fun out of this magical time of year!

While you’re surrounded by loved ones, pretty decorations, and coziness, it’s a great time to be more mindful of what’s going on in your life and in your mind and body.

One of the most convenient ways to embrace mindfulness is to take advantage of all the little opportunities that present themselves each day.

We have a bunch of suggestions for mindful moments that will help you ground yourself in the present moment and enjoy it more.

  • Focus on your breathing when you wake up. Breathe into your chest and let it out, then into your belly and out, then fill both and let it out. 
  • Practice body awareness in the shower. Focus on how the water touching every part of your body feels.
  • Observe your thoughts while driving. Is your attention on the road?
  • While outdoors, notice the weather. What do you see and hear?
  • Practice good listening skills. Are you listening to the person who is speaking or are you thinking about something else?
  • Focus on both the taste and texture of your food. Are you enjoying it?
  • Find a quiet place and do nothing for 10 minutes. Let your thoughts wander and observe your thinking.
  • Breathe. Focus on your breathing for 5 minutes each hour.
  • Think about a person you dislike. Notice the changes in your body feelings. Now let go of those negative emotions.
  • Go slower. It’s easier to focus when you’re not being rushed. 
  • Exercise. Notice your body and thoughts while exercising. Do you feel your muscles working?
  • In bed, count your breaths until you fall asleep. In the morning, ask yourself the last number you remember.