The holidays can be a difficult time for many people. The year is winding down, and people start to think about all that they have accomplished — or have not accomplished — over the past year. The holidays are a time for joy, except many people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble finding that joy. The holidays are also a time for celebration. This can be a tricky line to walk for those with addictions. Although it seems like a grand time, it’s important to remember those who may be struggling during this time. Keep them in mind and try to make things a tad bit easier for them. Here are 12 ways to have a mindful holiday season (Planet Mindful).
Decorating can get you in the mood of the holiday season. It’s a reminder that not everything needs to be stressful. Take a half-hour one weekend to decorate your home for the holiday you celebrate.
Make homemade presents
If you aren’t feeling up to shopping this holiday season, you can make your own presents for those you love. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be overwhelming for many people. That’s okay. Making presents also helps to save money! Give something personal to your loved ones. They’ll appreciate it just as much as a storebought gift, if not more!
Gather with family and friends
We don’t mean you have to attend or throw a big party, that can be overwhelming. Instead, gather a few friends for hot chocolate or pie. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant thing. Getting people together for the holiday season is another way to connect and take your mind off of things.
Breathe, breathe, breathe. The holidays are stressful. Remember to take a step back from stressful moments and do some deep breathing exercises. If you have to do some grounding techniques, give yourself the space to do those, too. You need quiet time for yourself. It’ll be okay.
Take a break from work
If you can, taking a day or two off for the holidays is an important thing to do. This gives you the space to be able to practice some mindfulness techniques or other activities on this list.
Make memories, but don’t forget about the old ones
Making new memories is key for the holiday season, but don’t forget to revisit the old ones. Take out a photo album and reminisce about the good, old days. This will give you a sense of peace and get you in the holiday spirit.
Getting your family together is a good way to stay mindful. Suggest a cell phone-free night and focus on each other. This is a great way to get in the holiday mood while also staying mindful.
Rest and getting a good amount of sleep is a necessity at all times of the year, but especially during the holiday season. We’re always going, going, going, so getting rest and a good night’s sleep helps keep you energized throughout this season.
Try a new meal or dessert every weekend! Make it at home and focus entirely on the ingredients you’re mixing. Be in the present moment. Bake with family and enjoy a nice meal together.
Although it may be a stressful season, remember to be kind to everyone you meet. They are fighting invisible battles you know nothing about.
Eat and drink responsibly
For those with addictions, the holidays can be a stressful time to stay sober. If you don’t have a problem with substances, it’s important to remember to enjoy things in moderation. If you do, remember to stay sober. Do your best and set boundaries. You’ve got this.
Take it slow
Take your time throughout the season. Don’t rush things. Remember these moments. Stay in the present moment. Be mindful.
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