All too often, the holiday season is synonymous with overindulgence. Sure, treating ourselves at this time of year is reasonable — but we don’t want to turn it into a January full of regrets.
That's why mindfulness is so important when it comes to festive drinking.
Although these days I no longer consume alcohol, I know what it's like to go overboard. I started drinking heavily in my mid-20s and by my early 30s, I was consuming a bottle of wine a night.
Enough was enough, and I made the decision to stop drinking. But in order to do so, I spent a significant amount of time researching how the mind works — I wanted to understand the unconscious and conscious roles in alcohol consumption and cravings.
Now, using the mindfulness tricks I discovered in my research, I've regained full control of my mind and made peace with my relationship with alcohol.
But even if you generally have a healthy relationship with alcohol, it’s easy for all of us to get in the habit of drinking more during the holidays.
Habits, by definition, mean you think less about your actions. And when you put less conscious thought into something like drinking alcohol, the results can be regrettable.
That's why I recommend these four mindfulness techniques to make sure you stay in complete control during the season: