How to mindfully unplug for the holidays
Everyone would agree that 2020’s Holiday Season is very much needed. It seems like the past year has crammed a lifetime of interesting ‘firsts’ for us in the world of work.
We learned words like ‘physical distancing’; Zoom has taken over our coffee shop meetings; and words like ‘doomscrolling’ (compulsively scrolling social media for news of reassurance only to find out more bad news) became a thing.
Not only work has been disrupted, however, our everyday lives have changed. A lot of unique challenges have arisen from the necessary restrictions imposed on us, but it doesn’t mean that we cannot thoroughly enjoy the Festive Season.
Here are three ways to mindfully unplug for the holidays:
The holidays are mostly time spent with loved ones. Although commonly believed, meditating does not necessarily mean mindfully unplug by isolating oneself from others in a candlelit room. Being actively aware of the present means giving 100% of our attention to whatever action is happening. If it is listening to someone, listen attentively and you will notice more than simply understanding the words. You will pick up facial expressions, body language which will make for a richer, more connected conversation. When dining, eat with awareness. Notice the flavors and texture of food as they touch your mouth. You will make the experience more satisfying and by becoming more aware of what your body takes in for nourishment, you can better listen and identify when to stop.
Practice Self-care and Compassion
The year has undoubtedly been a challenging one in many ways. Being kind to oneself involves giving yourself the space and permission to rest properly. Yes, the kids need attending to and there are parties to plan or go to. Holidays are also about recharging so make sure you set aside time for yourself to mindfully unplug and listen to your body with compassion. Indulging oneself does not only have to mean getting too much of stuff – like eating and drinking too much. It can also mean taking step back to give yourself the time to be calm, to not rush exercise, to spend extra time to make a delicious healthy meal for the family at home.
Be Creative About Communicating Affection
Given the physical distancing required, our much-needed hugs over the holidays are going to be in serious shortage. One good thing to remember is that although care and affection are typically expressed physically, it does not mean it means less when it is done virtually. Instead of sending the usual Christmas card, try at
least sending a personal video or set up a video call to have drinks together or open presents together. Yes, gathering in large groups physically may not be possible but a real advantage of a virtual gathering is that there is no limit. A virtual gathering makes it possible to still host a game night or gather people for drinks at own homes.
The world has had a difficult year but if there is one thing we all learn, it is to remain resilient in trying times. To quote Leo Tolstoy:
“There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.”
Happy holidays from all of us!
Faye Hugo, Veldhoen + Company
See you next year!