10 Tranquil Tips
It’s the time of year for traditions and family memories. But don’t let it get stressful. Try these 10 tranquil tips for a Mindful Christmas!
1. Sit and Enjoy a Mindful Christmas
Let your mind wander over happy memories of childhood Christmasses. Let the beauty and wonder you feel, spread through your body and remind you of the good things you have in your life.
Listen to the sound of the rain, snow or wind outside. The weather is constantly changing just like life itself.
But as you sit next to the glow of your Christmas tree, you can experience contentment and quiet joy! Spend simple moments in appreciation.
2. Find your Sanctuary of Calm
Disconnect for 10 minutes to a sanctuary of calm. This could be a cosy window-seat or a quiet corner of your home or even your car parked outside.
To experience a mindful Christmas you must respect your need for replenishing moments of quiet, even amidst all the festive activity! If you’re a dog-owner, you always have an excuse to leave a busy house and find calm as you walk with your four-footed companion. Whatever it takes – mindfully disconnect.
Wear bangles on your wrist or keep keys in your pocket so that the sound when you move is a present moment reminder. This is a tip for any time of the year.
Incorporating mindfulness is not difficult but we are such creatures of habit that we are on auto-pilot much of the time.
You can choose a specific sound as your reminder to be mindful!
4. The Sound of Music
Take the opportunity with Christmas Carols and festive music around, to take time out to listen, with all your attention. Stop what you’re doing and really listen to one or two pieces.
Music is very powerful because our minds are drawn to memories and associations. See if you can fully focus on the sounds.
You might discover layers of sound you didn’t realise were there – a violin or a drum beat hidden beneath the tune you know and love.
5. Cheers! Here’s to a Mindful Christmas!
Around Christmas time there are more opportunities to sip a seasonal tipple or share drinks socially. Whatever these drinks might be, bring your mindfulness to the process. Let yourself steep in the aroma, savour the flavours and relax your body’s muscles.
Enjoy the seasonal smells as you are cooking in the kitchen, shopping or walking in nature.
We often take our sense of smell for granted. A mindful Christmas means savouring all those wonderful fragrances at this time of year – from rich, spicy mince-pies to pine cones, oranges and cloves.
Whenever you head for the bathroom you have an opportunity for calm and tranquility! Especially if your home is full of guests and you need a moment to yourself.
As you run your hands and wrists under running water be fully present.
The warmth of the water will nurture you and the smell of the soap or hand-wash can be a moment of sensory enjoyment.
8. Gratitude Practice
There is so much to appreciate at this time of year. Having a home, being warm and comfortable, meeting up with friends and family, plentiful food and beautiful surroundings.
And if it’s a difficult time of year for you, as it can be for so many, acknowledge this. Be gentle with yourself and look for the little moments that may lift your heart.
A gratitude practice means that you might write down those moments of thanks.
Be specific and clear and when you do it often, it can become a helpful habit you may wish to continue on into the new year.
Imagine a spot just below your navel. Breathe into that spot, filling your abdomen with air.
Let the air fill you from the abdomen up, then let it out, like deflating a balloon. With every long, slow exhalation, you may feel more relaxed.
Try this any time you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Try it before you leave the house for a social event. Or in the middle of dashing madly round the house doing a week’s worth of cleaning in one morning!
10. Visualized Breathing
Find a comfortable place where you can close your eyes, and combine slowed breathing with your imagination. Switch off all background noises and make sure you won’t be disturbed.
Picture relaxation entering your body and tension leaving your body. Breathe deeply, but in a natural rhythm.
Imagine you are resting on the waves of your breath as it flows through your nostrils, your throat, your lungs and abdomen.
Say to yourself: ‘I breathe in peace’ and as you exhale, ‘I breathe out tension.’
Remain calm in every situation because peace equals power ~ Joyce Meyer
Do you have any good tips for a Mindful Christmas?
You might also like to read:
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Guide
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