And just like that, the holiday season is in full swing! It is a season full of lovely things: time spent with friends and family, joy and cheer, and giving and giving and giving until your heart (and wallet) are as light and full as a helium filled balloon. However, all of this goodness does come with a disruptions to our day-to-day lives, stress, extra tasks, and the onset of cold and flu season.
Yay! Wait… really lady?! Yeah. I had to go there.
So here’s the thing, we can totally combat the negatives, starting RIGHT NOW! Then we’ll get to really, truly enjoy all the good stuff the season brings.
A lot of things come down to planning, but you know what they say about the best laid plans… Anyhow! You cannot totally avoid all the things that add stress, even with great planning. Adding exercise and eating well will definitely benefit your physical and mental states. However, what I’m suggesting here will not add to your Holiday season induced time crunch (and subsequent panic)!
I know, I know. We’ve all heard it before. It’s good for you, it takes practically nothing from you and gives you so much in return. And, quite frankly, that’s hard to buy in today’s you-get-what-you-pay-for world.
However it is an excellent tool to maintain sanity during, well… insanity inducing times. (Just to clarify, mental health is an extremely serious topic and I am not a licensed health professional. Please consult your doctor with any health concerns.)
What you need:
- A quiet someplace to be.
- 5 minutes.
- A timer.
- A chair, blanket, or cushion. Whatever will allow you to be comfortable and still for 5 minutes.
- A meditation app (I use Stop, Breathe, Think and it’s perfect for me. I’ll include links below for apps in case you’re looking for suggestions.)
- If a quiet place is too hard to come by, headphones will work well in tandem with a meditation app.
Legit. That is all you really need. Currently, I’m meditating for a whopping 4 minutes in the morning, using the guided mediation “Welcoming the day” on the Breathe app. But let me tell you, my mornings are so much nicer and it has been easier to take a few breaths throughout the day and release stress with that morning meditation as a foundation.
Without using a meditation app, I highly recommend setting a timer. Then make yourself comfortable, and if it feels natural, close your eyes. Here’s the tricky part. You’re going to JUST breath and focus on your breath for 5 minutes. Breathe in and follow the breath into your nose, into your lungs, expanding your diaphragm. As you breathe out, follow your breath again. Breath in. Breath out. You will likely find yourself thinking about practically everything else but your breath. Simply allow those thoughts to move along and bring your focus back to the breath. Rinse and repeat until your timer dings and then it’s time to move on with your day!
Yes, FIVE minutes can make a difference. Give it a shot this week. Let us know your thoughts and how you feel!
This post does not contain any affiliate links. We will not receive any compensation for any traffic, downloads, or use of the applications recommended in this post. We have used them and quite simply find them to be wonderful, though we do understand that each person is unique and there are many, many options to choose from. We’re simply sharing our top 3 faves!