The holiday season is here and for many this can be a stressful time of year. There are gifts to buy, parties to attend and family and friends put demands on us that are not always easy to achieve. Add a stressful end of year at work, and family obligations, and pretty soon you’re curled up on the couch with a pint of freezer burnt ice cream from last summer.

The holidays don’t have to be stressful, and if you remain mindful can actually be wonderful. Raise your vibration this season by staying mindful and in the moment this holiday season. Don’t worry about the things you can’t control, and while you’re at it don’t worry about the things you can control. Let go and let the universe take care of it – that’s what it’s here for.

If you feel yourself getting stressed out practice some of these ways to stay mindful and you’ll sail through the holidays with peace and love.

Staying Mindful During the Holidays

Journal – If you’ve let your journalling slide, now is fantastic time to start up again. Journaling is a wonderful way to stay in the moment. Write down what is going on with you at that moment – your thoughts, desires, intentions. Don’t forget to journal about that for which you are grateful.

Meditate – Spend a few minutes each day – morning or evening – meditating. Sit in a quiet space and let your mind be free. Focus your mind on your breathing and if your mind wanders that’s ok. Don’t judge your thoughts, just let them unfold and move on.

Chew your food slowly – These days we’re in such a hurry we don’t even take time to enjoy the delicious food we eat to sustain us. Savor each bite and enjoy every bit of the food you eat.

Listen to Music – Turn off the TV or the computer and simply listen to music. Whatever music that moves you is the music that you should listen to. Don’t cheat and listen to music while playing around on the computer.

Stretch – Stretching is a great way to get in the moment, especially if you haven’t done a good stretch in a long time. Start slowly and don’t push it, but do a little more each day and you’ll not only remain mindful, but you’ll also align your chakras and let all that good energy flow.

Tell someone you love them – Tell your significant other, your mom, your child, even your pet how much you love them and appreciate them. You’ll be in the moment and both your hearts will swell, which raises both of your vibrations (pets included).

Say “Thank You” – Think of all that you have that you are grateful for – don’t forget, you should be thankful for the bad stuff too. The bad stuff can often, and usually, provide more teaching moments than the good times. Be thankful for all that you have.