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Mindful : December 2013
Preflight Stress Relief If you’ve ever been stuck in an airport over the holidays— and who hasn’t— you know the irri- tation that can set in when you don’t leave on time. Now a number of air- ports are offering a space for you to do a few sun saluta- tions while you wait for your flight to depart. You’ll find yoga rooms at the airports in San Francisco, Dallas–For t Worth, and Burlington, Vermont. And if downward dog isn’t your thing, consider an actual dog. Airports in Miami, Los Ange- les, and San Jose, California, have friendly canines available for wet- nosed affection a few hours every week—how’s that for a greeting at your gate? ● It’s time to rest up for the holidays. We are often so busy at this time of year that we can’t do what we’d really like to do: appreciate one another, give thanks, celebrate. Instead, we’ve got a long to-do list, our usual routines are dis- rupted, and we get less sleep than usual. It’s a per fect recipe for boosted stress levels. So here are three sugges- tions to help keep you on an even keel over the holidays: 1. For five minutes, four times a day, stop briefly. It’s a simple way to practice just being instead of doing (or buying). Bring your attention to your own breath and body in the moment, just as they are. And no need to think about your to-do list—guaranteed, it will be there when you’re done. 2. Try passing on a few invitations this year. And don’t be shy about ducking out of parties early. You might be surprised at the extra time you’ll find for yourself, not to mention feeling like you’re securely in the driver’s seat of your own life. 3. Spread compassion around liberally this season (and all other times of the year), but direct a bit of that holiday spirit your own way, too. Especially if you over- cook the turkey or don’t get someone the “perfect” gift. ● Holiday Relief For more ways to get the most out of the season, go to mindful.org/holidays 18 mindful December 2013 now 18 mindful December 2013 Illustration by Gavin Potenza