10 ways to use mindfulness after the holidays
Most of us love the holidays but not everything is mistletoe and egg nog. There can be a lot of stress and anxiety this time of year. Often we feel pressured to find the right gifts for people or are have trouble fitting gifts into our budget which can lead to anxiety when we visit family. Sometimes the simple act of visiting family can be a stressful situation because relatives, especially Mom and Dad can have unrealistic expectations of what we should be doing with our lives. Most of us have experienced this in one way or another which can lead to guilt or regret. In all honesty our family is not to blame because they do not know any better unless someone is teaching them to have more encompassing consciousness and be aware of the damage that is being done by their personal beliefs or rigid traditions. The older we get the harder it becomes to change our ways. (The old dog new tricks parable) We have the power to change. Here are 10 ways we can reduce stress during the holidays. *Start each day with a 5 minute meditation to reset and center your mind *Set a daily intention that you will not allow our families beliefs to affect us this year *Set a reminder to stop and take 10 deep slow belly breaths 3 times per day *Have a journal handy. Write down all of your known triggers *Become more empathetic towards your family by learning details about their childhood *If you drink, try replacing every other beer with 30 deep conscious breaths. If anything this will help you maintain your energy levels. *Reduce your desert intake. Knowing that processed sugars cause more emotional imbalances. Also you could bring a desert from a health food store. Be aware some health food stores aren't as healthy as they claim to be. (read the labels) *Have a positive outlook on the experience so you don't manifest negativity *Remember that you parents didn't grow up with mindfulness training *Journal after your triggers happen. Writing this down brings it from subconscious to conscious awareness. Now your further along the path of healing. At the end of the day, we are all human and we mostly want to the best for each other but we tend to block the love with our beliefs and expectatons. So be patient, grateful and forgiving because it's our own personal responsibilty to choose whether we are happy, sad, stressed or calm. If this was interesting and helpful to you, here are more ways to create low stress experiences.