This is the time of year when life is especially busy, demanding, and even stressful.
In addition to our work and day-to-day responsibilities, we’re preparing for the holidays — spending more money, running extra errands, and perhaps coping with negative thoughts and feelings the season often stirs up.
We might feel sad about a loved one who’s no longer with us, or a difficult family member who is coming to visit, or a child who can’t make it home for the holidays.
Even the beautiful and positive aspects of the season add more stress to our lives. We want things to be special and memorable. We want to get the perfect gift. We want a bit of time to relax and enjoy family time in the midst of all of the shopping, cooking, and wrapping.
Our brains go into overdrive with all of the planning, worrying, excitement, and sorting through emotions — sapping our energy and peace of mind. If you’re like me, you’re probably getting less sleep, eating too many rich and fattening foods, and exercising less. This extracts more energy and depletes our mental and emotional reserves.
The best gift you can give yourself this season is taking the time each day to clear your mind. You don’t have to spend much time doing this. Even ten minutes a day is enough to reboot your energy and recharge your brain. When you stop ruminating, worrying, and planning, and simply empty your mind, it’s like stepping into a peaceful space where the stresses of life can’t reach you.