During the holidays, it’s important to slow down. With an ever-growing to-do list, you can easily put off being in the moment, but you’ll be able to enjoy the season more when you take the time to be mindful.
You don’t need to change your holiday plans to incorporate more present moments into your schedule. You can savor small moments throughout the day; the ones that you most enjoy: your yoga practice, steeping your favorite tea, a peaceful walk outside.
Take time to focus on the little rituals that keep your day on track, like the coffee you make in the morning. Grinding the beans. Filling the filter. Pouring the water over it and waiting for the rich flavor to drip into your cup. You can concentrate solely on each step, appreciating the calm that washes over you. Instead of rushing off with your drink in a reusable to-go cup, take 10 minutes to sit down and taste the dynamic flavors of your fresh brew without planning for the rest of the day. There’s plenty of time to do that later.
Leaving space in your schedule is a good way to slow down. Rather than running around from place to place, you can enjoy where you are. Then, there’s no worry about being late or rushing. You get to appreciate the people you’re around with no distraction. You’ll also have time to relax between errands and get-togethers, making it easier to be in the moment.
To fully appreciate the holidays, it can also help to unplug from technology and social media. Even if it’s just for a few hours here and there, it’s nice not having to think about what other people are posting online. It’s also nice not thinking about what you’ll be posting. Instead of scrolling through social media when you’re walking, just stay with your thoughts. Be with friends without worrying about snapping the perfect picture. One of the best ways to spend time during the holidays is connecting with others and yourself.
At the end of the day, just try to be present in the here and now without stressing about what’s coming later. That’s the main key to slowing down this time of year.
How do you remain mindful during this season? Let us know your tips and tricks.