Merry, Bright and Mindful!

The holiday season is upon us, and with the fresh snow and abundance of colourful lights it’s looking very merry and bright!

Along with the holiday cheer, this time often brings other things as well, such as long to-do lists, expenses, gatherings and pressure to get things perfect. Sometimes, in the rush of doing, a sense of joy and wonder is replaced by stress.

Consider slowing things down, even just for a brief moment to focus on what the season means to you, and how you want to show up in it. Is it possible to embrace a more mindful mindset of openness, patience and non-judgement? When we are mindful and tuned into our sensory experiences, we are more focused, perform better, and connect more easily with other people, and as a result feel more joy. It also enables us to become more aware of what’s going on inside, so we can react less and lower our stress.

Perhaps you have taken advantage of the free mindfulness training for Saskatchewan Health Authority employees that got underway on November 29, and if not, there will be many more opportunities to participate in the New Year. In the meantime, here are some other thoughts to consider:

  • Setting boundaries and saying no to some things is a part of self-care and allows you to take time to recharge. Taking care of yourself ensures there is more of the best of you for the people in your life
  • The rush of the season can be very alluring; taking the time to reflect on what matters the most to you can give perspective and help channel energy into the things that will bring more connection and contentment
  • Embrace a sense of kindness and compassion for yourself and others. When we connect with our common humanity, we understand that we all experience inadequacy and disappointment at times. Letting go of the need for perfection can open a true sense of holiday spirit in the recognition of our shared humanity.

Wishing you all a very merry, bright and mindful holiday season!