The holiday season is upon us and with that may come a multitude of thoughts, emotions and feelings. These may change from moment to moment, day to day, week to week. The most important thing to remember as they come and go, is to simply honour how you are feeling. What does that mean exactly? I believe that honouring how you are feeling, specifically regarding the holiday season, is a two-step system that will require practice, but can ultimately assist in levelling out the peaks and valleys of the holiday season.
The first step allows you to just feel however it is that you are feeling, non-judgmentally. Take a moment or two to sit in a comfortable position. Simply breathe into the emotion (e.g. elation, turmoil, stress, overwhelm, excitement, joy) and breathe out to the emotion. Repeat as many times as necessary. Know that however you are feeling is okay, is “normal”. Others are probably feeling it too, and that it will pass if you allow it. Cry it out, dance it out, laugh it out, say no thanks to a request or invite, say yes please to help or a fun distraction, or go do something just for you! The holiday season can be fun and full of wonderful memories, but that may look different for everyone. Dressing up and going out often may bring a smile to your face, or perhaps cozying up with movies and comfort food may prove to be equally as joyful.
Explore & Experiment
The second step is to then experiment with ways of changing how you view and/or embark upon this holiday season. Whether it be slowing down and doing a bit less this season; either spending less or spending more thoughtfully on gifts, experiences, and food; changing up old traditions that no longer serve you or establishing new traditions that bring you joy or peace; and most importantly, taking the time for yourself to authentically allow you to unwind and recharge as needed.
A suggestion: take a moment this week to reflect upon what your peaks and valleys tend to be during the holiday season. Identifying both what you prefer and would rather avoid, is key to getting back on track with having the best holiday season yet. Know that there are no right or wrong answers here, and no one needs to know what they are other than you. Once you have established your own peaks and valleys, alter the list or change your plans as you see fit. Kindly remember to do this from a place of love and kindness, for both yourself and others.
Give Yourself The Gift of Support
Please know that even though society tends to pitch us all on the idea of this being the happiest time of the year, that may not necessarily ring true for you, either at specific times this season or anytime throughout the year. We have an incredible multidisciplinary team at Naturmend that are here to support you in any way you may need. Please reach out for a free 15-minute consultation with any one of our practitioners in the clinic as you see fit.
Wishing you a peaceful and loving season filled with things that bring you joy!
Jess is a certified meditation practitioner specializing in guiding you to help your mind and body find harmony through individualized sessions specifically tailored to you. She is multi-discipline trained in qigong, meditation, mindfulness and yoga. Specializing in a unique approach designed upon years of research and practice, she aims to guide you into taking time out of your busy day to re-discover your body and your mind. She’s here to support you in learning how to begin or deepen your meditation practice. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with Jess, please contact us or book your appointment online.