It’s the time of year again where we all take on more than we probably should: Extra parties, extra chores, extra shopping, extra expense, extra devotion of our personal time, and extra of just about everything. All of that “extra”vaganza can leave us feeling overwhelmed and burned out. Today I want to share with you a couple of ways I’ve learned to chill out during the holiday season.
Pace yourself. This might require a little forethought and planning, but will be well worth it. For example, in decorating the house and the office for the Christmas holiday, I started early, and spread the projects out over 2 weeks. I’ve found that if I try to do everything in 2-3 days, I end up physically exhausted for two weeks anyway. By spreading things out, I have more time to think about how I’m going to decorate, making my projects better in the long run. I have time to shop for additional items to make everything truly special. I enjoy the process instead of dreading it.
Meditate. Have you heard about this? It’s not just for metaphysical, new age, positive-thinking junkies anymore. More and more studies at top research facilities around the world are documenting scientific evidence of the health and longevity benefits of meditation. In fact, it’s become a widely acknowledged fact that daily meditation is not just good for you, but has been proven to actually extend your life.
Now, like many of you, I find it very difficult to find the time and/or patience to sit down, quiet my mind, and let go of all those thoughts racing around in my head. I know I should, I believe in the benefits, but getting even 15 minutes of uninterrupted time during a workday can be tough, and if I can make it happen, I feel like I should do something with those precious moments!
So what I do instead, is schedule time during my lunch break where I listen to either my favorite classical music CD, or my Immrama Institute CDs. Fifteen to twenty minutes is all it takes to feel both physically and mentally refreshed.
If you have the patience and discipline to meditate without these aids, you probably don’t need me to give you any advice and you already know the benefits. I have one friend who uses music for the first five minutes, and then meditates without it after that – what a great idea!
Your assignment for today is to start pacing yourself a little more this holiday season, and make some time to meditate. If necessary, make your meditation time an appointment on your calendar and combine it with a treat, like a bubble bath, cup of hot cocoa, or reading a few pages in a favorite book – whatever would help you get the process started. Gradually add your ritual to your daily routine and enjoy the benefits of a less stressful, happier life.
Until next time,
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This post was written by Debra Moorhead, Motivation, Education, Inspiration on December 8, 2008