Staying grounded during the holidays may seem daunting. Some of us find sanctuary with our families, but even with the best of kin, many of us encounter stress and confusion once home for the end-of-the-year festivities.
We’re also out of our daily routine and typically have someone else preparing the food, which can lead to hefty binges and spinning out of control, only to return home depressed, a few pounds heavier, blemished and running as fast as you can to the gym to work it off and then sweat out the rest in sauna. I know you’ve been there. I definitely have, too!
Here are 5 easy tips that don’t take up much time at all and can really serve to keep you zen, even during the most hectic times of the year:
1. Meditate for 5-10 minutes every morning.
You can do this literally as soon as you wake. You don’t need a special place, fancy music or a “meditation pillow.”
Those are all excuses to not do something SO incredibly simple and effective. Just sit up in bed first thing in the morning and keeping your eyes closed, begin to focus solely on your breath.
If you feel yourself thinking about your list of to-dos or what’s going to happen later in the day, just bring your attention back to your breath. Breathe in for 4 slow counts, feeling your belly rise and expand as you inhale. Think yoga-breathing. Then hold for 4 counts and breathe out for 5 counts. We always want to let out more than we’re taking in!
2. Bring healthy snacks to keep you on track.
What do I mean by that? Well, if going home means being tempted by serious junky snacks or foods that aren’t aligned with your lifestyle, do yourself a favor and bring a few healthier treats as well. You can always have a few bites of pumpkin or pecan pie, but also bring some amazing treats with simple ingredients that can keep you from going overboard. Indulge a little here and there, but it’s not necessary to go all out so that you feel bad about it later.