Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Holidays from The Awakening Center

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Making the Most of the Holidays

This is a time of year when shorter days and cooler weather encourages us to hibernate and rest. The holiday season can be a time for reflection, connection and gratitude. However, for many of us a “holiday break" seems to have become a misnomer; rarely do we remember to really take down-time. Instead we bustle around checking things off our lists…people to visit, presents to purchase, planes to catch, parties to attend and meals to plan. Our productivity ramps up, rest is set aside, and we often end the season exhausted and depleted. If you are struggling with an eating disorder this focus on “over-doing” can really disrupt your recovery process.

     Here are Five ways to stay centered during the holiday season.

Connect To Values: What is really important to you? Everyone’s values are different. Take time to connect with what you truly value. Know that if you make choices that align with what is really important, you are more likely to feel fulfilled and at peace.

Slow down: Evaluate your pace and plan breaks for rest, even if you don’t think you will need them. In the business of the season, it is helpful to have some moments of quiet and solitude to recharge your battery. Be mindful about over scheduling yourself.

Take time to breathe, mediate, walk the dog, practice yoga or watch snow fall. Relaxation is a powerful tool to help manage stress and create emotional balance. Even when traveling, you can take a few moments to focus on relaxing your body and mind.

Nourish Yourself: Feed your body valuable nutrients, engage in mindful movement, and pamper yourself a bit.  This is a season of giving; don’t forget to care for yourself. Nourish your spirit with activities that feel refreshing…read, draw, craft, knit. Connect with others in a way that feels meaningful and supportive.

Beware of Perfectionism: You can’t do it all. You don’t need to, and trying won’t actually bring fulfillment. Step back from unrealistic expectations of yourself, and give yourself permission to engage in what feels most meaningful. Focus on being your authentic, imperfect, human self.

If you find that you need support during the Holiday Season, we are here to help.

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