As much as we love the holidays – getting together with family and friends, sharing good food and laughter – there’s no denying they can be pretty stressful.
With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays – you know, running around trying to prepare that good food for all those people you haven’t seen in months and also making sure to find the perfect gifts so there is laughter all while seemingly EVERYONE else is out doing the same thing – it’s easy to get stressed and it’s even easier to forget to take some time for yourself.Fortunately, there’s a way you can create time for yourself (in not much time at all) while also improving your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being: meditation.
Fortunately, there’s a way you can create time for yourself (in not much time at all) while also improving your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being: meditation.Daily meditation helps to calm and focus the mind while enabling
Daily meditation helps to calm and focus the mind while enabling a better understanding of it. It helps lessen worry, anxiety, stress, fear, loneliness, and depression and improves self-esteem and self-acceptance, optimism, relaxation, and awareness.
Meditation has also been shown to better cognitive skills and creative thinking as well as improve decision-making and problem-solving. And it’s even been linked to improved immune systems, energy levels, and breathing and heart rates.
There’s a running theme in a few guided meditations that you cannot pour from an empty cup and, in order to replenish and support others (which we find ourselves doing a lot during the holidays), we must first reflect on and rejuvenate ourselves.
Meditation is a way we’re able to do that and there are many ways to meditate. A good way to start is by sitting for two minutes, focusing on your breath or a mantra, first thing every morning for a week. Make sure that you’re seated comfortably but not at risk of falling back asleep. If, after a week, two minutes doesn’t seem too bad, increase your time by two minutes. Then, after another week, add two more.
Don’t worry if you find yourself losing focus at times, just gently bring your mind back to the breath or mantra or voice, if you’re using a guided meditation. Try to follow these meditation tips and you’ll be surprised to see how just a few minutes each day can seriously reduce your stress and improve your mental clarity and overall well-being this holiday season!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.