How to Mix Your Zen with the Holidays

The idea of preserving and cherishing your zen throughout the holidays probably seems like an unattainable task. Who has time to sit and think about nothing when gifts need to be wrapped, cards need to be mailed, requested breads need to be baked, flights need to be caught, the perfect dress needs to be found, and a smile needs to be tattooed onto your face? There is indeed a dilemma.The idea of preserving and cherishing your zen throughout the holidays probably seems like an unattainable task., but there are ways to maintain a balance. 9 ways to keep your zen this holiday season.

But after investing so much time and mileage on my journey toward zen, I don’t wish to go backwards, however tempting the excuse of the holidays is. That’s the challenge with cultivating zen, when you feel the least like dealing with your state of mind, is when you need it the most. The truth is I’m a novice in the practice of finding my meditative state of mind, but steps are steps toward something and I don’t want to take them back.

Mixing zen with your holidays may seem impossible, but there are ways to keep your balance during this busy but celebratory time.

9 things not to forget this holiday season:

1. Meditate. Dedicate time for zen preservation. Set an alarm clock and excuse yourself for twenty minutes (even if you’re grandmother asks you where you’re going and why you’re leaving and if you’re feeling ok and if you need something).

2. Drink water. With the higher intake of sweets, salts and booze during the season, make sure you hydrate well. It helps prevent headaches and strains on the body like retaining water. It’s easy to forget when another glass of champagne is easier to access than a glass of water (this can so easily be the case at so many parties).The idea of preserving and cherishing your zen throughout the holidays probably seems like an unattainable task., but there are ways to maintain a balance. 9 ways to keep your zen this holiday season.

The idea of preserving and cherishing your zen throughout the holidays probably seems like an unattainable task., but there are ways to maintain a balance. 9 ways to keep your zen this holiday season.

Champagne bubbles are nice, but don’t forget to drink your daily dose of water bubbles.

3. Mind Control. No, not your passive aggressive aunt’s mind, but your own. Unfortunately, we can’t stop her from pointing out some imaginary weight gain, but we can stop her from affecting our state of mind by thought suppressing and reinforcing our own self-confidence internally. For example, stop yourself from asking your mom if you really have gained weight. Instead, find a mantra to say to yourself during these moments like, “I am healthy,” or “I am thankful” etc.

4. Help out. Pay attention to your surroundings. Is someone struggling to take out the trash? Is a mom looking for a quiet place to breastfeed? Is your uncle having a hard time finding a clean glass? Are dirty dishes hanging around? Get moving and let the positivity flow.

5. Read reminders. Go ahead and make a little list of accomplishments, things your thankful for and short quotes that inspire you. You can write these out in your phone as notes, so when you start to feel overwhelmed, you can reset your mindset and regain your balance. By reaffirming your own value, you are more likely to not only feel better, but also help others feel better.

6. Ask. Ask others about their lives. Ask how they’re feeling, how their year was. Ask others if they need a hand, if they need anything. Ask yourself if you need a minute. Check in and be aware.

7. Exercise. This one can be really tough, especially if you’re traveling. I’m pretty worried about this one because I really don’t have space in my suitcase for sneakers, sports bras and windbreakers. This is a perfect excuse not to workout all week, but I’m aiming to take walks in my boots and coats. Also, I’m unashamedly going to do lunges, pushups and crunches in my underwear before showers. Weird? Who cares. Pre-shower time is your time!

The idea of preserving and cherishing your zen throughout the holidays probably seems like an unattainable task., but there are ways to maintain a balance. 9 ways to keep your zen this holiday season.

Walk everywhere!

8. Animals. Observing animals can take you out of the hullabaloo and change your perspective. The simplicity of a bird’s life or a dog’s tail wagging can help bring you back to a zen state of mind.The idea of preserving and cherishing your zen throughout the holidays probably seems like an unattainable task., but there are ways to maintain a balance. 9 ways to keep your zen this holiday season.

The idea of preserving and cherishing your zen throughout the holidays probably seems like an unattainable task., but there are ways to maintain a balance. 9 ways to keep your zen this holiday season.

Squirrel!

9. Quiet time. Remember to take a break from the jingle bells. All the music and small talk can be exhausting for your head. Try to find quiet space for meditation, nature observation or journaling or basic rest.

Peace be in you this season!

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