When you think of the holidays, you likely imagine exchanging gifts, baking cookies, and spending time with family and friends. The season is a joyous one, though the hustle and bustle can also be stressful. But The Calli Institute has some tips to help relieve the tension that many people experience this time of year. Learn ways to cultivate gratitude and discover happiness during the holidays.
Healthy habits are important for maintaining overall well-being all year round. Developing and implementing practical routines is especially important during the holidays, as the familiarity and comfort of a recognized activity can help put your mind and body at ease.
Practicing mindfulness throughout the year can help you relax and stay centered, which is even more beneficial during the holiday season. When you are in the moment, you can better recognize feelings of stress and anxiety. Then — through breathing, guided imagery, or other techniques — you can control and reduce those feelings to regain your peace.
If you’re looking for ways to practice mindfulness, we’ve got a few ideas.
When we are grateful for and focus on the things we have, we retrain our brains to look for the good, the positive. Studies have shown that people who express gratitude are happier, which helps lower stress levels and depression. Additionally, people who cultivate gratitude often feel healthier and tend to get better sleep. When the mind is relaxed, the body is relaxed.
Make an effort to focus on the positive things in your life to guide your thoughts away from the negative. A quick and easy way to practice gratitude is to write down three things each day for which you are thankful. Give it a try and see how it can improve your outlook.
Here are a few more quick tips to help alleviate some of the stress around the holidays:
Find ways to prevent or lessen levels of holiday stress so that you can enjoy this festive season with family and friends.
We hope these tips can help you discover happiness during the holidays, but we also understand that it can be a difficult or stressful time. If you need someone to listen or to lean on, the team at The Calli Institute is always here and can help guide you toward the balanced level of wellness you deserve.