Search
Search
Generic filters

Ready to change your life?Start Now! Contact Us

Mindfulness in the Midst of the Holidays

December 26, 2018

By Linda Smith, PA, MS

The holidays are sometimes a challenging time comprised of both happiness and sadness and frequently, a time of increased stress.  As we think about both the gifts and the losses in our lives, we can be left feeling emotionally drained and, at times, as though we’re just waiting for the holidays to be over.

Mindfulness, or the practice of opening ourselves to life just as it is without judgment or self-criticism, can make a difference.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a method of using meditation and yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress.

So, what can we do to respect the place we find ourselves in and to also nurture our own hearts and spirits?

Mindfulness, or the practice of opening ourselves to life just as it is without judgment or self-criticism, can make a difference.  In the practice of mindfulness, we can take a little time for ourselves, perhaps just 10-15 minutes each day to make room for all of the thoughts and feelings that arise.

Follow this simple exercise to bring mindfulness into your holidays:

  • Sitting in a comfortable, private place, begin by gently closing your eyes and deepening your breathing.
  • With every exhale, you can soften the muscles of the face, neck and shoulders.
  • As the muscles soften, you may let the breath move as it does naturally in and out, observing the rise and fall of the chest and abdomen.
  • As thoughts and feelings arise, you can notice them gently, and return your attention to the breath as it moves in and out of the body.
  • You may choose to relax into this practice for 5-10 minutes and then to open our eyes and journal for a few minutes or say a prayer or put on music that we enjoy, or reach out to connect to a family member or friend.  In this way, you let our own heart and spirit be heard, nurtured, and supported as you recognize and respect both the gifts and the challenges of the holidays.

May your own heart and spirit be safe, peaceful, and loved.

Interested in learning more about mindfulness?

Join one of our upcoming Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a method of using meditation and yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. It is based on the ancient practice of mindfulness, which is about waking up, being fully alive, and being present for the richness of each moment of our lives. Within this awakening, we gain access to our deepest inner resources for living, healing, and coping with stress. We are currently offering a variety of mindfulness courses for every level of interest and availability:

SUGGESTED POSTS

Your Guide to Nutrition and Metabolism

Content curated by Kenlyn Young, LDN, MS, RD, Dietitian, Duke Integrative Medicine. Support and optimize your metabolism with ""Your Ultimate Guide to Nutrition and Metabolism." This e-book shares in-depth information about your metabolism and ways to support and optimize it. Download the Nutrition and Metabolism Guide   About ...

READ MORE

Feeling 35 Years Younger After Partnering With Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center

Deana Doub, from Hillsborough, NC, partnered with the Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center to help her lose more than 60 pounds. Deana's goals included weight loss, increasing exercise and fitness, and finding a balanced diet that would work for her. Deana was thrilled to work with Christine ...

READ MORE

Four Factors that Can Improve Your Metabolism

By: Kenlyn Young, LDN, MS, RD, Dietitian, Duke Integrative Medicine. Metabolism is so confusing and frustrating, right? Common questions asked, "Why can't I lose weight? Why is my metabolism so slow?" In simple terms, "Metabolism is the internal process by which your body expends energy and burns calories. It runs 24/7 ...

READ MORE
BACK TO POSTS

For more information about

Duke Integrative Medicine and our various services and programs, please join our mailing list.


error: Content is protected !!