With the hustle and bustle and general chaos that often accompanies the holidays, it can be difficult to focus on the aspects of your life that you may want to improve: your spiritual practices, daily health routine, relationships with family and friends and your perspective on work. With so much focus on cooking elaborate meals, buying gifts and fighting holiday traffic, along with the other responsibilities you already shoulder on a regular day, the spirit of the season and the coming new year – positive change, simplicity, love and gratitude – can quickly fall by the wayside.
“I want to live simply, to work honestly, to love completely and to dare mightily, so that when I die, my children, and their children, will know that I died empty, and well satisfied.” Doug Robinson
Research conducted by the American Psychological Association found that holiday stress has an especially strong effect on women, since they tend to take charge of most of the holiday events. They have a difficult time relaxing during the holidays and are more likely than men to develop bad habits like comfort eating to manage this extra holiday stress. But both men and women reported that they are much more likely to watch TV, sleep, eat and drink excessively to manage their stress.
So what can you do to stay balanced during the holidays? The first and most powerful step is to balance your mind. Giving your mind a positive direction and a centering routine will positively impact everything else in your life: your emotions, your spirit and your relationships with other people. As you unlock your innate peace and knowing-that-all-is-well, you will avoid unhealthy habits and make the time and space for your spiritual and health endeavors.
In the holistic system of Ayurveda, a peaceful and joyful mind is necessary for physical, emotional and spiritual health. So if happiness and contentment are things that you want as a part of your life, not only during the holiday season but all year long as well, make small changes day-by-day, step-by-step. They will eventually come together to form a new way of doing things and, ultimately, a new life. But the following practices will require effort and courage on your part. But in Ayurveda, joy and challenge go hand-in-hand!
“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. The greatest things grow by God’s law out of the smallest. But to live your life, you must discipline it.” Florence Nightingale
Here are the beginning practices we recommend for a truly happy holiday!
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