Mindfulness is often one of the things that we assume will just happen when the time is right, but that is not that case. Like everything else in life, you have to continuously work on it and make steps towards bettering it until it comes to you as easily as any other habit… Here are a few pointers on how you can practice your mindfulness as the year end approaches.
The festive season is the time when most of us spend with our families and loved ones from near and far – often those that we have not seen in a while. It’s natural to want to know what has been going on in these people’s lives since you last saw them but in your quest to show your interest in those you care about, remember to be mindful. Try and refrain from sensitive topics or from prying. Asking people or commenting about things like their weight, physical appearance, financial standing, could strike the wrong nerve.
December is notorious for being the season for excess, overspending and overeating; but, unfortunately, there are some people that might not be able to celebrate the way they are accustomed to this year. 2020 has been a hard on all of us with many people losing loved ones, jobs or a portion of our income. Amidst all the loss we have had to endure this year, always remember to be grateful for you have, whether it is everything you wanted or not. Instead of being bitter or sombre this month, count your blessings and rejoice for all that is good in your life and all those who love you.
Peace is the most underrated state to be in, some might even seek it over happiness. It is a state of being okay with what has and what may happen so that you can fully enjoy the present. With December being as stressful of a month as it is, try your best to protect your peace this festive season. If you can’t afford to buy gifts this year, rather tell your loved ones than get into debt because you put yourself under pressure. They will understand and they won’t love you any less.
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Schedule a few days for self-care so that you can ensure that the holiday is a stress reducing and restful one. Whether that means booking a spa day, camping, hiking, reading a book in the garden, or by doing something as simple as watching series in your pjs, make time to do that.
Yes, taking daily showers is important, especially if you have the type of family that like to make fun of one another, but the cleanliness that we’re talking about here is far more involved than that. It is about cleaning out mental, emotional, and physical baggage that you have accumulated during the year. Write down the things that have been weighing in your heart over the last few months. Wondering how an old friend is doing? Call them. Do you regret something you said to a loved one during a fight? Apologise to them. Have things been tense with your partner? Set up something special for the two of you. Hate your job? Put together a plan to change direction. And lastly, clear out your house and wardrobe. Removing unnecessary physical baggage from your home and decluttering can do wonders for your mental wellness, not to mention create space for some of the things you’ve always wanted.