5 Tips to Be Present During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness, however, it can also be a time of stress, overwhelm, and distraction. With so much going on it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and lose sight of what truly matters.

Because of this, we thought it would be timely to share some tips on how to stay present during the holidays so you can truly enjoy this magical time of year.

1. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment, without judgment. It's a powerful tool that can help you stay grounded and focused during the holiday season. To incorporate, take a few minutes each day to sit quietly, close your eyes, and pay attention to your breath. Notice any thoughts or feelings that arise, and gently bring your attention back to the present moment. This simple practice can help you cultivate a sense of calm and clarity amidst the holiday chaos.

2. Set Boundaries

We find that it is important to set boundaries during the holidays to protect your time and energy. While many of us would love to take part all the many festivities, learning to say no to activities or events that don't align with your priorities will allow you to create space for things that truly matter to you. We have also found that being realistic about what you can and cannot do and asking for help when needed is a great way to avoid spreading yourself too thin.

3. Disconnect from Tech

While we appreciate and most definitely use technology on a daily basis we find that it is incredibly important to know when to disconnect and be fully present with your loved ones. We recommend putting your phone on silent, or better yet on the charger, as a way to resist the urge to check it and instead engage in meaningful conversations and create lasting memories, making the most of your time together.

4. Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful practice that can shift your focus from what is lacking to what is abundant in your life. Take a moment each day to reflect on the things you're grateful for, whether it's the love of your family, the warmth of a cozy home, or the beauty of nature. By cultivating an attitude of gratitude, you can foster a true sense of joy and contentment, even amidst the holiday chaos.

5. Take Care of You

While self-care is an intentional and lifelong practice, we know that it can be the first thing to go when feelings of overwhelm take hold during busy cycles. We have found that prioritizing self-care, especially during this festive season, can help to establish healthier habits that extend beyond the holidays and contribute to a more balanced and happier life. Here is a list of our favorite ways to incorporate self-care in our routines, making it a lifestyle that sticks as we move throughout the season.