For some, the holidays tend to bring about a certain amount of stress. From planning holiday photos and ordering holiday cards to dragging boxes of decorations out of the garage to hang up and cooking a big holiday meal for a house full of people, there is certainly a lot on many people’s plates.
Let’s not even get started on holiday shopping. It’s clear that this holiday season will bring the same level — if not more — stress with it, thanks to the current global state of affairs. But staying sane is completely doable. Here are five ways you can master a mindful, meditative holiday season.
1. Make Time for Everything
One of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself is the gift of time. No one wants to rush through any part of the holidays, which is why it’s essential you carve out time for planning and finishing off your to-do list, as well as some opportunities to relax.
For example, if you want to put up decorations, set a time and date, and write it down. You could even get yourself a holiday planner to stay organized and help you keep track of what needs to be done and when. Start planning the things you want (and need) to do a few weeks in advance, so you can make any necessary adjustments. Heck, create a few checklists if need be; it makes staying on schedule a lot easier.
2. Stay in Touch with Photo Christmas Cards
Staying in touch with family and friends during the holidays might seem tough this year, but you can remind your loved ones that you’re thinking about them by sending out photo Christmas cards that inspire peace. Encourage other family members to do the same, so everyone can stay up to date on how the rest of the family is doing.
If you want to personalize your Christmas card, schedule a time to take family photos a few weeks ahead of time and then browse for a card that suits your personal taste. There are tons of designs and styles from which to choose, including minimalist, modern and edgy, vintage, funny, classy and elegant, bold and typographic, and botanical.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Say ‘No’
Saying “no” is something a lot of us struggle with, and, as a result, we sometimes get taken advantage of. But embracing the power of saying “no” is actually healthy, especially if it saves us from doing something that might be too mentally or physically draining. And during the holidays, people tend to take the kindness of others for granted.
That’s why, during the holidays, you should be okay with saying “no” to those who ask too much of you. Or, if something isn’t worth your time, then simply decline the opportunity. Setting boundaries and letting people know you mean business allows you to be more in control of your life and from overextending yourself.
4. Find Time to Meditate
In order to enjoy a mindful, meditative holiday, make it a point to carve out some personal alone time for yourself and to actually meditate. Meditating offers countless benefits, and practicing it during the holidays can be even more beneficial to achieve a healthy mind and body. Even if you don’t meditate, it can be helpful to take about 15 to 20 minutes for yourself during the holidays. Go into a separate room, quiet your mind, and focus on nothing but the sound of your breath. You could also read a book; take a quick, relaxing shower; or drink a cup of your favorite tea.
5. Create a Budget (and Stick to It)
One of the biggest reasons why people stress themselves out during the holidays is due to spending too much money on gifts, food, decorations, and other holiday-related items or events. To decrease the chances of feeling burdened and plain spent out, do yourself a favor and create a budget now.
Figure out how much money you need to put aside and spend to enjoy the holiday season and then write it down. However, do your absolute best not to exceed your holiday budget by deciding what’s necessary and what you can forego. For example, you might not need that expensive centerpiece for the dinner table or those singing reindeer for the front yard.
Having a Mindful Meditative Holiday Season
Mastering a mindful, meditative holiday season doesn’t have to be a struggle. If you’re committed to experiencing and enjoying a peaceful, happy holiday season, these tips can help you stay sane while you’re running around doing a million little things. Follow this advice to keep your marbles. Your family and friends will thank you for it later.