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Mindful : December 2017
Eggnog, mistletoe, gifts under a tree. The winter holiday season is filled with delights—until it’s not. If you’re dreading the end of the year, consider these mindful strategies to help you through. What could be a time of serious rest and relaxation so often becomes just another race to get things done. Here’s a few tips to keep things on an even keel. For five minutes, four times a day, stop briefly. (Even set these pauses in your phone or digital cal- endar.) Bring your atten- tion to your breath and body in the moment, just as they are. And no need to think about your to-do Pace yourself list—it’ll still be there when you’re done. Try passing on a few invitations this year. Pick one or two events that hold special meaning or impor- tance, and enjoy the extra time that opens up in your schedule. If you’re the host, con- sider a holiday potluck. It’s an opportunity for folks to share a meaningful rec- ipe, and allows you to actu- ally enjoy your company instead of stressing out over all that food preparation. The pressure we put on ourselves to find the “per- fect” gifts—the same ones that just add to the receiv- ers’ mounds of stuff—can be a real killjoy. The focus on the thing can eclipse actually connecting with the people we’re buying for. This year, how about considering that the per- fect present might just be your presence? → Holiday Fear or Holiday Cheer? 32 mindful December 2017 LIVING | how to live a mindful life Illustrations by Paula McGloin