As we move closer to the holiday season, it can become a stressful time for many.
Even under normal circumstances, trying to coordinate plans, buy gifts, wrap up year end reviews at work, keep projects moving along, and keep your boss happy can become very daunting and overwhelming leaving you feeling tired, exhausted, and again, burnt out.
Over the next few weeks, regardless whether or not you have the holiday break that we all dream of, it will be important to create space in your day to create space in your mind.
In this video I share my top 5 tips from The Resilience Toolbox to help you stay mindful over the holidays.
1) Get Outside – Even just a 10 minute walk will help you find clarity as you step away from your computer. When you get fresh air you will feel more awake, alert, energized, and happier just from doing something “hard” such as getting outside for fresh air.
2) Meditate – I prefer to use the Headspace app, but you can find benefit in simply sitting with your eyes closed as well. Just let there be peace, meaning, don’t try to do anything. Let go of your phone, let go of having to move, let go of trying to control everything and just be willing to sit with your thoughts for a moment and be still.
3) Read – Aside from my autobiography, Still Standing: When You Have Every Reason To Give Up, Keep Going, I recommend you check out Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search For Meaning. Both are a short read which will give you hope. Reading is a way to fuel your mind, spark ideas, and bring perspective in a world filled with chaos.
4) Visualize – This can be a great exercise to do alone, or with your partner or children. Take a moment to think about what would you like 2021 to include in areas such as your finances, health, relationships, career, and map those out with images. Create a vision board. It can be as simple as finding images on Google that inspire you.
5) Journal – Gratitude has to consistently be the #1 key to continue to get through this pandemic. Focusing on what you do have vs. what is missing will provide you with some sense of control, purpose, and meaning to your current situation. My dad used to preach to me all the time “You have food on the table and a roof over your head”, and today, I think that is more relevant than ever.
Of course there are many more strategies available, but these five are all available to you at no cost and can be implemented immediately.
For those of you who would be interested in taking time over the holidays to dive deeper into developing your wellbeing, mindfulness, and mental resilience, I encourage you to check out The Resilience Toolbox on demand.
I have assembled all of the tools and strategies I live into an easy to follow roadmap to help people like yourself develop your mental resilience. It’s self paced, online, and guided by yours truly.
I’d love to hear which resonates the most with you.
Please leave a comment, and let me know what practice you will be focusing on to be mindful over these next few weeks as we celebrate the holidays!
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