Healthy Holidays Tip 5: Managing Stress and Being Mindful


The holidays can be stressful. We are overscheduled, frazzled preparing for a house full of guests or worried about the cost of buying presents or hosting guests. Take care of yourself this year and manage your stress. Focus on being mindful, present and thankful for your family, friends, health and well-being.

Feeling stressed or anxious? Try meditation. You can do it anywhere, the bus, at work or at home. Here are two mediation techniques to try out.


1. Mindful Breathing

Sit with both feet planted on the floor and your hands in your lap. Clear your mind and focus all your attention on your breathing. Focus on how the air travels in through your nose and into your lungs as you breathe in and how your stomach and diaphragm relax as you exhale. Try this exercise for five minutes.

2. Mantra Meditation

Repeating words or a phrase over and over can help calm and focus your energy. Select a phrase or mantra that has meaning to you. You can use the classic “Aum” or a modern Gandhi quote like “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” You could select something more personal like the names of loved ones. Try this exercise for five to ten minutes.

Check out our Healthy Holiday Calendar for more ways to manage stress this holiday season.

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