Meditation is one of those commonly misunderstood forms of self-care. This post will talk all about meditating to stay calm and to lessen anxieties during the holidays.
The holidays are a hectic time full of great times, but also full of stress and anxiety. It can sometimes be hard to stay calm and avoid these feelings. When experiencing holiday anxiety or stress it is important to find a way to combat it. There are countless ways to do so, one of the most effective forms of holiday relaxation is meditation and mindfulness.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is often thought of as a religion. While it is used by religious people and has ties to religions such as Buddhism, on its own it is not a religion. A good resource for learning more about meditation, or self-examination, is Gaiam. Gaiam states, “Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body.”
So, meditating is all about your mind. There are many ways to meditate. One way that we will focus on is mindfulness meditation.
How Meditation Will Help Calm During the Holidays
Mindfulness meditation refers to a focus on experiencing what is going on. You focus on your body and your mind and you become aware and mindful of your surroundings and how they influence your body and your mind. Learn more about how to practice mindfulness meditation here.
So how exactly will self-examination help to keep you calm during the holidays? Well, it’s like yoga (in fact, yoga is a form of meditation really), so it allows you to be aware of how you’re feeling. And the more you practice it, the more in tune with yourself you will become.
Once you can recognize the incoming holiday stress or anxiety, you will be able to then practice self-examination to counteract those negative feelings.
Meditation Using Yoga
Yoga is most definitely my favorite form of meditation. Yoga places a huge focus on breathing and being aware of what you are feeling in your mind and in your body. Finding time in your schedule to do some quick yoga is super beneficial!
This time of year is my favorite time as the leaves have fallen and the holiday festivities are beginning! This is the time of year that brings people together as we celebrate togetherness, kindness, gratitude, family, and giving. In celebration of the upcoming holidays and this season, I have put together some beautiful and amazing holiday quotes, a list of holiday DIY projects, and some great charities to take part in!
I love all the holidays and getting to see my family a lot during the fall. I also love the weather and getting to wear sweaters and jackets.
The holidays are a rough time for the homeless, but it’s a year-round problem we have to solve.
Holidays have been commercialized. It has become about material things. But the holidays are about sharing stories and being in each other’s presence.
Malcolm D. Lee
Holidays are all different depending on the company and time of your life.
Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch.
I love everything about the holidays: the decorations, the parties, and spending time with friends and family. What I love most is that feeling of giving back. Every bit counts.
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
William Arthur Ward
I love Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday that is centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.
Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside.
Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.
We’re getting ready to sit down at the table and have Thanksgiving, and there’s people that are not with their families. There are people that are in dangerous areas, putting their lives on the line to keep our country free, and I think that’s something we should all celebrate every day.
You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
Henry Van Dyke
Christmas and the holidays are the season of giving. It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted.
The smell of pine needles, spruce and the smell of a Christmas tree – those to me, are the scents of the holidays.
Christmas is the day that holds all time together.
Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.
Charles M. Schulz
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.
Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.
Amongst all this joy and wonder, it is also important to recognize that this is not the case for everyone. Not everyone feels blessed and joyful this time of year and this is important to recognize. Here I would like to share some great charities for the holidays.
This association provides a holiday or vacation for “families struggling with issues such as disability, severe and sudden illness, bereavement, mental health issues and domestic violence.”
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