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Relieve stress with meditation for a healthy holiday

By Tracy Dye

As joyful as the holiday season can be, it can also be a serious source of stress. Taking a break from the various tasks that come with the holidays (shopping, gatherings, fighting crowds, etc.) with some meditation can be exactly what your mind needs to stay positive and for you to have a healthy holiday.

If you are unfamiliar with meditation, click here to learn what meditation is (as well as what meditation isn’t) and four amazing benefits.

Below are four ways to keep yourself from foraying into grinchy territory with a rejuvenating holiday meditation.

  1. Find a special, relaxing spot

Choose a spot that makes you feel truly joyful. This could be a special room in your home or — if the weather permits — a favorite park.

  1. Eliminate any distractions

Make sure that you will be able to sit in silence. Silence your phone and ensure that you are in an area where you won’t be interrupted.

  1. Set a holiday intention

In meditation, intentions are a starting point to fulfilling a dream, goal, or as a way to inspire the creative process. Make your intention personal and focus on what you would like to come to fruition during the holidays. Some examples of intentions are:

  • I intend to be filled with gratitude
  • I intend to focus on the positive
  • I intend to foster personal growth through giving back
  • I intend to practice forgiveness and grace
  1. Visualize

When your body is relaxed and your mind is clear, call up an image that depicts something you would like to happen in your life. If the holidays often leave you harried, you may want to visualize being relaxed and laughing with family, rather than running around stressed.

Learn more about methods for using visualization in meditation here.

  1. Focus on an object

There is no hard and fast rule about needing to keep your eyes closed during meditation. Some people actually find open eye meditation more therapeutic. Choose a simple object, such as a lit candle, to focus on.

  1. Take a meditation class

By taking a meditation class, you will be provided with a wealth of tools from instructors who are highly skilled in developing a practice.

At Haven on the Lake, meditation classes are designed to help you handle stress, find creative solutions to problems, open your heart to others and achieve your specific wellness goals. For more information, call 410-715-3020 or email HOL@ColumbiaAssociation.org.