The holidays can be a bit frenetic. Ok, crazy. So we asked Sophia Shkreli, a local meditation teacher (and mom to twin boys) what she does to slow down and enjoy the holiday season. I especially love her tip about cultivating family mindfulness. See below!
Tune Out the Mental Noise and Live in the Moment
Your “busy monkey mind” creates a lot of mental chatter which keeps you distracted with to-do lists, plans, gifts, anxieties, and stress, unconsciously failing to pause and enjoy the moment at hand. Meditation allows your mind to quiet down and let go of wandering thoughts that bring negativity into your life. Get out of your head and into your heart. Ta-da…You are present!
Take a little “Me Time”
With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be difficult for you to find time for a break. Just five or ten minutes a day of meditation can release stress and boost your energy level that’s long-lasting. Me Time equals self-care.
React With Love Rather than Impulse
Let’s be real. Spending time with family can be stressful. You can find yourself in situations where things often get said and done that lead to regret. Meditation helps you be free of your habitual patterns and impulses empowering you to make conscious choices out of love. You gain a greater understanding and awareness of yourself and others behavior that’s normally upsetting.
Slow Down and Let Go of Your Worries
During the holiday season you can fill up your calendar with holiday events and commitments leaving you feeling anxious and worried about getting it all done. Remember, you can’t be everywhere at once and it’s impossible to please everyone. Slow down and decide what’s really important. Meditation reduces anxiety and improves decision-making, helping you focus on what matters most.
Create Family Mindfulness
It’s easier to do something when we have support from our loved ones. Look for ways to keep mindfulness and gratitude at the core of the festive season. Every night family members can spend five minutes reflecting on the good things that happened that day. Ask your family to join you for a quick breathing meditation or a short mindful walk. Simple intentional acts of mindfulness can go a long way.
Sophia Shkreli is an Intuitive Life Coach, Usui Reiki Energy Practitioner, and certified Meditation teacher for adults and children. Sophia helps clients declutter the mind by releasing limiting beliefs, old patterns of behavior and energetic blockages, thereby connecting them to their essential self [the soul], boosting confidence & self-love. She earned a MAT, and taught in NYC and Westchester schools for over a decade. Sophia is an adjunct teacher and ENFP. “I’m here to help facilitate this evolution and raise the conscious vibration of the world.” Learn more about her at: http://sophies-compass.com/