Goodness, time does fly! I can’t believe that Christmas is just THREE days away! Seriously insane. I feel like just yesterday it was September and I was beginning my nutritional therapy course. When time flies by, I feel it is good to remember what has filled our moments and if we have enjoyed them. This can be hard to do if we spend our days distracted and not totally there. It can be hard if we struggle to be present. The christmas season can easily become all about gifts, parties, to-do lists and so much more even if we have the best intentions of keeping our focus on enjoying our time with family and friends. For this reason, I wanted to write a brief post reminding everyone (myself included) to be present this holiday season. What does being present mean? It means a lack of distraction and a focus on the moment at hand. It means a lack of regret of the past and a lack of worry over the future. It means enjoying the people that surround you and building them up. It means not being glued to your cell phone doing mindless things while there are friends and family around you who want to spend time with you. It means breathing deeply and in order to find that inner calm and just be still.
1. A lack of distraction and a focus on the moment at hand: This can be really hard. Choose what you want to focus on and put your energy there. For example, if you are at a dinner party with a bunch of people and feel lost, choose one or two people you want to connect with by the end of the night and engage in a real conversation with them.
2. A lack of regret over the past and a lack of worry about the future: There is a time and place for legitimate worry and remorse over things that could have been. Time with friends and family is not one of them. Especially over the holiday season. Enjoy the moments you have been blessed with here and now and try your best to stay out of the past and future.
3. Enjoy the people that surround you and build them up: Family can be both the most amazing gift and the most stressful part of the holiday season. Try your best to put your differences aside and build them up. Focus on the positive aspects of your family instead of the negative.
4. Don’t be glued to your cell phone: Cell phones are wonderful for so many things, but distracting us from the present moment…not so great. Try not to do mindless things like checking social media when you are surrounded by family and friends. I love a quote that I saw the other day in Leavenworth on our day-cation that said:
“Enjoy the Little Things in Life For One Day You May Look Back and Realize They Were the Big Things.”
I find this so true and it makes me want to enjoy my moments to the fullest!
5. Breathe deeply: Did you know that breathing deeply helps put your body in a parasympathetic state? Aka it can now ‘rest and digest.’ Try breathing deeply to help focus on the moment at hand or calm down when uncle joe makes that same obnoxious comment he makes every year. It happens.
Most of all, ENJOY your Christmas season. For although we spend months preparing for it, it is here and gone all too quickly. I don’t know about you, but I want to look back and remember this time with friends and family cherishing each and every moment.
What are your tips for staying present? I would love to hear what you think in the comments or on social media!