This Holiday Season, Give Yourself the Gift of Mindfulness
Ah, it’s that time of year again – the holidays. Are you not feeling in the spirit? Feeling stressed? Friday the 13th making a difference? We’re at the midpoint of the holiday season. Let’s look how to de-stress and regroup to feel better and not burned out so the rest of the holiday season will end on a high note, personally and professionally.
Feeling out of sorts during the holidays is natural (if not expected).
With commercials (many of which appear even before Thanksgiving) and holiday specials that show people bursting with happiness for the season, we think we’re out-of-step if we’re not feeling festive. But stop and think: At what other time of the year are people expected to spend a generous amount of money on gifts, travel in unpredictable weather, socialize endlessly and meet deadlines with a half-filled office? These are only a handful of reasons that can put a damper on holiday cheer.
One way to begin the process of minimizing – and hopefully eliminating – stressful circumstances is to make out a list (and check it twice) of any hurdles or obstacles that you want addressed and out of the way by the end of the season. This can help maintain being “in the moment” as you’ll find out.
Mindfulness: A combined holiday gift and new year’s resolution
Mindfulness – the practice of staying focused on the present moment – can be easier said than done. This is especially true during the holidays, when our minds tend to jump from one thought to the other without our being conscious of it. But if we can put effort into being present, the worries are often not as bad and the projects before us can be easier to accomplish. In Thrive Global, Thomas Griffin lists four steps for achieving mindfulness. The beauty of them is they can apply to both our personal and professional lives:
- Establishing intentions: Want to take care of certain responsibilities and tasks without getting thrown off base? Have a sense of intention (i.e., being mindful) as you prepare to carry them out. Don’t just do the work. Be aware of the work you are doing.
- Realizing shortcomings happen: Keep in mind that that things can (and will) go wrong at times. Accepting this reality keeps stress levels down and mindfulness for coming up with alternate solutions. (Try this: Think of what Scrooge or The Grinch would do in a negative situation – and do the opposite.)
- Time management: Set up an organized schedule. It has been proven that having a to-do list, keeping track of how long specific projects take, and noting what is accomplished by the end of the day will not only help you stay on schedule, but allow for “cushion time” in the event of a last-minute or unplanned for disruption.
- Communication: This may seem obvious but keeping lines of communication open with everyone from family members to professional colleagues is necessary for everything from knowing what gifts to buy to having any loose ends at the office taken care of before closing time for the season.
The suggestions listed above can hopefully serve as a guide to managing the whirlwind of activity – at home as well as the office – that accompanies the holiday season. May you feel less stress and more festive for the holidays.
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