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Holiday Peace of Mind 5 Tips

November 4, 2020

The holidays are upon us. Yay! or Nay?

While some might take delight in these exciting times, others may become overwhelmed.

Tranquility can be found in the upcoming weeks if you know where to look for it.

Today, while listening to a Deepak Chopra LIVE meditation, I was reminded, Peace of Mind is an Oxymoron! You have to get out of your mind (head or habitual thoughts) to find peace.

TIP #1 BE PRESENT, BE STILL, BE QUIET

Finding moments of stillness can be challenging during the months of November and December. You are encouraged to heat a cup of hot chocolate, place a spoonful of whipped topping on it, sprinkle with cinnamon, and relax on the couch. Just you and your relaxing, comforting cup of coco, peace, and quiet! Recognize the moment as yours and be grateful in it!

TIP #2 FREE GIFTS ARE ABUNDANT

Holidays can be a financially stressful time. However, gifts aren’t always tangible. Think about it; a sincere hug, belly laughing with a friend, opening the door for a stranger, and other kind gestures are equally important this time of the year. Being genuine and offering heartfelt acts of kindness spread an abundance of cheer. Who will you hug today? What can you offer openly?

TIP #3 CREATIVE CALORIE BURNING

Exercising comes in all shapes and sizes. When schedules become heavily laden, we may consider cutting out the exercise routine to open up time on our schedule. It’s not the ideal choice, but it happens. For the next few months consider these effective ways to burn a few calories to offset the eggnog and cream cheese pie:

*While cooking in the kitchen, dance a bit to your cherished holiday songs.

* Take the stairs instead of the elevators or park in the farthest row away from the store’s entrance.

* While standing in line to pay for those gifts, do some knee bends or just walk in place.

* After the holiday dinner, go for a walk around the neighborhood with someone you want to visit with, like a friend or relative.

TIP #4 EMBRACE THE WONDER OF THE HOLIDAYS

Recalling some of your beloved holiday memories will surely bring a smile to your face and a song to your heart. Reminisce with family and friends. Recreate the childhood events and maybe even start new traditions.

I vividly recall heading into the mountains with the kids, chopping down our Christmas tree, and stuffing it in the trunk of my Honda Accord. Watching A Christmas Carol with Ralphie and the Gang is a classic!

How about making a few, special gifts? Making cookies was and still is a family tradition.

Last weekend I baked zucchini/banana/chocolate chip/maraschino cherry quick bread! I posted on my Facebook the experience and invited friends within the neighborhood over. It was wonderful to spontaneously hand out fresh-baked breads wrapped in a Holiday bow.

What are your fondest memories from years past?

TIP #5 KEEP IT SIMPLE, SILLY

Above all, find gratitude in this time and apply the “KISS” principle. By keeping more of your holiday moments simple, I am confident your time will feel far more peaceful.

What are your tips to keep sanity during these days? Please share them with us by replying or posting on your Veterinary Teams Living Well Facebook page.

Yours in Holiday Spirit,

Rebecca Rose, CVT

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