For many people, the holidays are spent dashing around trying to find those perfect presents, slaving over a hot stove and running from one party to another. As the whirlwind weeks go by and stress levels soar, it might be time to slow down and remember what is important:
Tip #1: ENJOY THE SIMPLE THINGS
Research shows it is often the most ordinary things that have the most extraordinary power.
Slow things down and focus on enjoying the everyday moments before they’re gone.
Tip #2: UNPLUG FROM ELECTRONICS
It can be hard to connect with the people around us during the holidays when we are constantly glued to our smartphones, tablets and computers. Set aside time each day to power down your phone, put it in a drawer and focus on family or loved ones.
Tip #3: RESPECT OTHERS
While the holidays are a time when family and friends come together, they are also a time when joyful gatherings can quickly turn into heated exchanges. Before responding ask yourself 3 questions: 1. Does it have to be said? 2. Does it have to be said now? 3. Does it have to be said by me? And remember silence is always the best option!
Tip #4: LEND A HELPING HAND
Helping others is not only a benefit to them, but to you, as well. Helping others can bring about feelings of self-worth, happiness and even optimism.
Tip #5: CULTIVATE MOMENTS OF MINDFULNESS
If you find yourself losing focus of what the holidays are all about, utilize mindfulness techniques such as deep-breathing to relax and regroup. Step outside and take a few, deep breaths. Inhale the air slowly and deeply through your nose or mouth. Count to three, and then exhale through your lips. This can help you return to your state of calm, so hopefully, you can get back to focusing on what’s important.”
Source: Deveraux Center for Resilient Children
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