Tis the season to be grateful. But it’s also the season of stress, hectic schedules, travel nightmares and shopping chaos. WIth the busyness of the holiday season, it can be difficult to remember to be thankful.
It’s easy to remember to be grateful once your feet hit your yoga mat. The outside chaos melts away in the studio, and you can just breathe, move and be. But it’s also important to take these moments of gratitude outside the studio. Here is a list of ways to slow down and be grateful this busy holiday season:
- Say Thank You. Think beyond someone holding a door or helping you with a chore. Thank a family member who has always been there for you. Thank your mail carrier for a year of reliable service. Thank the grocery store clerk who always helps you with a smile. Let them know that you appreciate their efforts to make your life better.
- Spend time outside. Whether it’s a walk through your neighborhood, a local park, or a hike in the mountains, make sure to spend time outside. The beauty of Mother Nature makes it easy to be grateful.
- Set aside some alone time. Everyone needs time to decompress, especially during the holidays. You can wake up 10 minutes early or take 5 minutes at the end of your day to spend some time with yourself. Meditate, reflect and recharge.
- Start a gratitude journal. You can keep a gratitude journal or simply have an evening talk with a loved one. State 3 things you are grateful for in that moment.
- Volunteer. Helping others makes you grateful for the opportunity to serve. And research has shown that givers feel more gratitude than receivers. Find your talents and offer those up to someone in need.
What are ways you practice gratitude during the holiday season?