12.21.22

The Benefits of Mindfulness During the Holidays and Throughout the Year

 

The holiday season is upon us once again, arriving somehow faster each year!  One effective way to handle the fast pace and busyness of the season is to slow down and take some time to practice mindfulness.  Mindfulness is the practice of living in the moment, taking the time to breathe space into your life and look at the world with more acceptance and less judgement.  What a perfect time of year to try to cultivate this practice! Parents in particular may be feeling the pressure of the season with children being home for holiday break, managing sibling spats, finding the right gifts, keeping the peace with relatives, etc.  For parents, mindfulness can include regulating our own emotions, connecting with our children, and coaching instead of controlling.

Practicing mindfulness benefits people of all ages by helping us tune into our emotions, develop calming strategies, and live more in the moment.   Research has demonstrated that practicing mindfulness is associated with improvements in overall well-being including physical and mental health, relationship satisfaction, and improving our attentional focus. In addition, the practice of mindfulness has been shown to help reduce stress and associated negative emotions such as anxiety and sadness.  Here are a few suggestions to develop your own mindfulness practice during the holiday season and beyond:

  • Find a quiet place inside or outside and focus on your breathing for five minutes. Try to use all your senses to bring your thoughts to your breath.

 

  • Set your intention for the day. Just take a few moments first thing in the morning to ask yourself, “What are my intentions today?” For example, I will be kind and patient, enjoy the time with my children, listen to others, and make it a great day!

 

  • Count to five silently or take a few deep breaths before reacting to a situation. This can help you to respond thoughtfully as opposed to impulsively and most often will result in a more peaceful response.

 

  • Go for a walk outside. Engaging in the natural world around you can help you become more present, mindful, peaceful, and reduce negative thoughts.

We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and hope you will take some time to enjoy each moment with those around you.

More Mindfulness Tips and Activities:

For Adults:

Enjoy the Holidays More With Mindfulness

Mindful Parenting: Definition, Examples, and Benefits

5 Simple Mindfulness Practices for Daily Life

 

 

 

Mindfulness Activities for Kids:

Nature therapy and Mindfulness activities

18 Mindfulness Activities for Outdoors

Being Mindful in Nature