Top Tips for Practicing Mindfulness This Holiday Season

This time of year, things can spin out of control quickly, triggering stress and other unpleasantries. As your partner in natural health, we wanted to offer some tips for how to stay grounded and present as 2022 draws to a close.

So what is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. It is a method of hyper focussing on the small things around us to help reduce the feeling of overwhelm and stress.

Give these mindfulness tips and tricks a try and let us know how they worked for you!

1. Focus on the small stuff. One of the biggest parts of mindfulness is heightening your awareness. You can ease into this by focusing on the small stuff first. Do this by closely sensing the coldness of your first sip of water each morning. You can also try this at mealtime. Focus on the flavour of each individual bite throughout your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

2. Find a time that works. You don’t have to give up an hour of your day. While some people practice meditation or mindfulness activities for 60 minutes or longer each day, don’t worry, you don’t have to. Instead, find a window of time that works for you. This could be 60 seconds, five minutes, or longer. The key is to do this as a part of a routine. Whatever amount of time you choose for your daily mindfulness, practice it each day at the same time.

3. Find a calm space. Mindfulness doesn’t have to mean sitting down. For some, it might, but for others, practice mindfulness wherever you feel most motivated to do so. That may be outside on your evening walk, gardening, or through breathing exercises.

4. Forgive yourself. Don’t be hard on yourself if you forget to practice mindfulness daily. In fact, forgiving yourself is an act of self-compassion, which research suggests improves our wellbeing.

If you’re struggling to find balance this holiday season, we’re here for you. Contact our practice for a gentle, focused treatment to help you deal with your stress, aches and pains.

‘Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another’ (William James).

Andrew Mitchell
Physiotherapist
Hungerford Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Healthcare

The Croft Hall, Hungerford
01488 683 666

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