This time of year, nature’s crisp beauty invites us to unwind, embrace family and friends and renew connections that help sustain us. Here are a few ideas on how to tap into the season’s healing bounty.
Give yourself space — and grace. Try:
- Not saying “yes” to all that is asked of you.
- Making realistic holiday plans and to-do lists and learning what you can “let go.”
- Breathing deeply and slowly before starting each new task.
- Refreshing your coziest spot at home — with a soft chair, warm throw, fire logs or a candle, and a place to rest your head.
- Setting aside time for a book you’ve been meaning to read or show you’ve wanted to watch.
Mind Over Matters
No matter what you’re doing, be present. Try:
- Noticing the details that make up one of your favorite places.
- Stretching to reach a falling leaf and crumbling it in your hand.
- Indulging in only your absolutely favorite treats — and experiencing their taste, smell and texture fully.
- Giving someone your complete attention.
- Gazing at the stars or looking for shapes in the clouds.
Connect with your whole heart. Try:
- Turning shopping or cooking into a pairs or team event.
- Scheduling a festive lunch date or a walk outdoors with someone new.
- Sharing a favorite food or recipe with a friend or co-worker.
- Retelling a favorite memory at a gathering or in a holiday greeting.
- Enlisting a friend to help you rake leaves or build a snowman.
Note blessings big or small. Try:
- Listing objects that comfort you. Think about your morning coffee, a favorite meal, a pair of snuggly socks or a warm, chunky scarf.
- Smiling as the winter sun shines on your face.
- Jotting down all the things that went right today.
- Savoring the abundance of food at a local market (and taking a bite of a perfect apple!)
- Thanking someone for making your life better.
Rest for Your Best
Replenish both body and mind. Try:
- Sticking to a regular sleep schedule of seven to nine hours per night.
- Renewing your stamina with exercise, yoga or a good stretch.
- Closing your eyes for a few minutes at work.
- Scheduling “me” time to relax with a hot bath or cup of tea.
- Snoozing one afternoon, for no good reason.