The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, which means people have the tendency to lose sight of their spiritual wellness. However, with all the stressors of the holidays, it is especially important to maintain self-awareness. Whether it be the preparation for parties, the family gatherings, or financial matters, you don’t want these pressures to make your spiritual health suffer. Learn how you can maintain a healthy spirit during the holidays below.
5 Ways to Maintain Spiritual Wellness Over the Holidays
1. Stay Physically Healthy
Christmas is mostly about parties and social gatherings, which means you may over-indulge during holiday festivities. Additionally, the cold weather can also make you feel lazy. If you find yourself continually skipping your workout and gaining extra weight, try to remember that your spiritual wellness is connected to your physical wellness. To fight back against holiday excess, try to do yoga or take a simple walk around your neighborhood.
2. Use Your Time to Reflect
While holidays inundate people with never-ending activities, remember you can also use this time for yourself. If you’re in need of solitude, learn how to say no to a party. Then, find a peaceful place, have some rest, and do a self-awareness test. You can also try to use this time to read influential books on spirituality. As the end of the year approaches, it’s helpful to reflect on how you have spent the year and think of ways to improve in the new year.
3. Be Appreciative
All sorts of things happen during the holidays, both good and bad. You have to learn how to deal with it all and decide for yourself how to respond. Instead of dwelling in any misery you may be feeling, appreciate the good things around you and move on from the bad memories. Giving love will make your heart warmer. In return, it brightens the receiver’s day.
4. Go on a Nature Trip
Let’s admit it, as much as we love spending time with families, this is a very stressful season. Instead of working hard to clean the house and cramming a bunch of people together, why don’t you go somewhere new? Immerse yourself in nature over the holidays and make beautiful memories with your family. Having a good view of nature actually improves your blood flow that helps in boosting both your physical and spiritual health, making this an all-around better option to traditional holiday travel.
5. Keep a Positive Attitude
As much as you enjoy the company of your loved ones, there will always be anxiety there. Whether it’s caused by a toxic relative or the remembrance of unhappy memories, family time can bring up some of the worst emotions. To counter this, learn how to set your boundaries and take control of holiday situations. Additionally, try to keep your thoughts positive and teach yourself to demonstrate understanding in every situation.
The holiday season is upon us, and we have to spiritually prepare. Continuing to practice a healthy spiritual life will make it easier to overcome your holiday stress. Once you find this inner balance, you’ll be able to appreciate the holidays for what they are: a chance to appreciate all the miracles of life and love.
Originally published on Raising Self Awareness