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iStock 637756624 CroppedThe holiday season is great for many things, but relaxation is not one of them. From the family parties to the overindulgence in sweet treats, it’s easy to get knocked off balance and be left feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. If you’re looking to stay grounded during the holiday season, this list of suggestions can help you improve your mindfulness and keep it calm.

Integrate Meditation Into Your Day

Designate a time during the day to take five minutes to calm your mind. During this time, light a candle or an incense to signify the fact that you are taking time out of your day to think of absolutely nothing. One of the best times to meditate is early in the morning while the day is calm and clear.

Be Grateful

Grabbing gifts, decorating trees and prepping for holiday feasts can induce some serious stress. Instead of having a breakdown when things get overwhelming grab a glass of wine (or tea) and be grateful for everything the holiday season brings to you. Remind yourself of your gratitude by posting list or updating your social media accounts with things you are grateful for.

Get Moving

Physical activity is one of the best ways to connect the body with the mind and stay grounded. Integrating a solid physical routine during stressful times can shed unwanted pounds and improve moods. According to the Center for Disease Control,a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities 3 to 5 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes can decrease depression and improve one’s outlook on life.

Choosing Whole And Real Foods

The holidays are one of the best times of the year to overindulge and while late-night parties and sugary treats may seem like fun, your body pays the price. By choosing plant-based and real foods you can keep your waistline inside the right belt loop while your mind stays grounded.

Take Time To Be Alone

With all the cold weather, the lights and the rich foods, it’s easy to get overstimulated and over-exhausted. Stay sane and reserve time for yourself by designating time to be alone. This could mean taking ten minutes for a quick and quiet walk or scheduling in a ninety-minute massage. By setting the intention to stay grounded this holiday season you can maintain your physical and mental health while being surrounded by the ones you love.

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