Holidays can be a very stressful time of year, full of tasks, over indulgence and chaos. Mastering the art of being present ensures that we can still find joy in the moments of the season. What does it exactly mean to be present? Well, lets start with awareness or mindfulness, this is about paying attention to what is happening internally and externally. A lot easier said than done, especially if that one negative relative is casting a shadow on your holiday bliss.
Here is a list of daily ideas to help you be present:
1. Start each day with a grateful heart, think of at least three things you are grateful for and focus on how that makes you feel. Then mentally set your intentions for the day, remember what the holidays mean to you and set your intentions around that goal. An intention is a specific future desire or goal, which you can imagine in your mind’s eye or visualization.
2. Prioritize what really matters to you and your love ones. Make a list of distractions that keep you from enjoying the moments to minimize them. Find the balance between planning and going with the flow. Accept what you cannot change and let it go. It’s all about the big picture! Children view the holidays as an enchanted time, by allowing ourselves to delight in the pleasures
like kids, we will be adding to the entire family’s magical holiday experience.
3. Immerse yourself whole heartily! It is proven that we cannot multitask, that our brain just switches from one task to another never fully being present. So if you are checking your status on social media or checking your inbox, your awareness to your surrounding drops 40%.
4. Take moments throughout the day to be aware of your surroundings. What you hear? What you smell? How you feel? What are you grateful for right now?
5. When you experience a Joyous moment, soak it up! Take it all in and be aware of how this moment made you feel. Take a mental picture and stay in the state of appreciation for as long as you can.
6. Stay true to you and your self-care. Take time in solitude, reflection and mediation. Don’t neglect your exercise which will not only help burn off those cookies but will help shake loose unneeded tension.
Give the gift of you this Holiday and be Present!
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” — Mother Teresa