By Kat Palms
Meditation is a helpful practice any time of the year. Still, it can be especially challenging to pause and practice stillness during the busy holiday season, which is why mediation can be an even more vital practice during the Holidays.
According to NYC-based psychotherapist Mark O'Connell, meditation can help us strengthen our patience and lengthen our fuse. This practice helps to build tolerance by making time for moments of self-care with a clear start and finish line—every day. "When we think of this practice as a way of life as opposed to just a tool to manage our stress, we can lengthen our fuse over time," O'Connell says.
Especially during this holiday season, when we spend increased time indoors among family, it's important to permit yourself to commit to a self-care moment. "When you can train yourself to be where you are now," he says, "you're training your brain to be calm and clear in the moment of stress.
Committing to being consistent with a meditation practice can help meditation become a natural part of life, even during the holidays. So how do we implement meditation as a consistent practice?
Well, here are a few ideas:
Give a consistent meditation practice a try. You might be surprised at how meditation helps you to feel calmer, cooler, and more collected this holiday season.
Continued reading & practices:
Here are a few tips from Forbes Magazine to sneak in meditation and other wellness practices during the holiday season:
1. Meditate first thing in the morning before the rest of the day begins.
2. Sneak out to meditate (literally). (i.e., in your car after running to get groceries!)
3. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good.
Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/oliviaobryon/2022/11/06/how-to-overcome-the-holiday-stress-cycle-with-quick-meditation/?sh=6484b0b5705c
Here are five short, sweet, and easy mediations for over the holidays https://healingbrave.com/blogs/all/easy-meditations-for-the-holidays
A tip from mindful.org "Allow the holidays to happen. Take care to do whatever keeps you grounded, like sleep and exercise. Enjoy it, plan what needs planning, and let go of the rest. Focus instead on whatever you value and find most sustaining this time of year. Happy Holidays!"
Take 10 minutes: https://www.mindful.org/take-10-minutes-defuse-holiday-stress-mindfulness-practice/