Holiday season might be the most magical and wonderful time of the year–it deepens and inspires self-reflection, connections, soul nourishment, meaningful celebrations and gratitude. But, the holidays also can come with high levels of stress, as you are faced with a myriad of last-minute gifting deals and to-do lists. In this article, we want to share with you five tips that will help you embrace holiday mindfulness and discover the joy of thoughtful gifting.
Plan ahead and be more intentional
Planning ahead is the first step for staying more mindful and focused on what is important. It gives you the time and energy to think of different ways to make your gifts and the whole holiday experience more meaningful and joyful.
Take a notebook or use your Productivity Planner and make a list of everything you need to do, from holiday activities and meal preparation to gift shopping. Then, explore your whys behind giving the gifts and think of what is significant to the recipient. Try answering these questions:
How do you understand and measure the value of a gift?
How can your appreciation and love be transformed into holiday gifts?
How do you want to share your positive energy with people you care about?
What are other ways of giving and sharing, different from habitual practices?
By writing down your to-do’s, exploring your why behind the holiday festivities and creating a list of mindful gifts that will be truly appreciated, you will gain more clarity and understanding on what you should prioritize. That will help you shop more intentionally, avoiding the consumerism habits and overwhelming last-minute experience of buying superficial gifts just for the sake of giving something.
Give from the heart
We believe that, sometimes, the best gifts aren’t things, but life-changing experiences, heartfelt feelings and authentic emotions.
Think about how you can give from the heart:
Offer forgiveness and let go of your pain;
Express gratitude and focus on small details;
Show your love to remind someone how much you care about them and cherish your relationship.
We believe that written letters, notes and honest conversations that come from the heart show a mindful connection and add a special soulful touch to the holidays.
Here is an amazing gift idea for your loved one: write things you are grateful for to them, share your memories, acknowledge special moments, and even include some photos. Do this in privacy for a couple of months, or even a whole year. Additionally, you can connect with your loved one’s friends and family and ask them to leave kind notes and words of appreciation in a journal. Then, choose a special day and give them the gratitude journal as a gift. Just imagine how a simple notebook can be transformed into a memorable gift of timeless love that will be cherished for years to come.
During this time of the year, our minds tend to focus on the many things we have to finish before the year end. If you are not present, the holiday season will pass so quickly that you will feel like it was over before you could truly experience it.
Disconnect from social media and your work in order to connect. Give yourself and the people around you the present of your presence. Spend some quality time together with people you care about; give them your time, energy and mindful attention; and share some meaningful experiences with a special person.
Create mindful traditions together
This year, create holiday traditions for your loved ones that will let them know that you see their true self and bring them ease, nourishment and gift of togetherness.
Together you can:
Decorate home and/or Christmas tree;
Cook something special;
Start doing a new mindful ritual that will keep you grounded;
Practice gratitude together;
Create a Spotify playlist or a list of your top movies that will add a special atmosphere;
Engage in creative activities, play, paint, write a short story and, for example, make a gift with your own hands;
Analyze the year, acknowledge small wins and mistakes, and talk about your goals and dreams.
Give a gift to yourself
During the holiday season, there are many demands on our energy and time, and sometimes we tend to push our needs aside, giving to everyone except ourselves.
Take care of yourself first, slow down, find time for personal health and pay attention to your emotional well-being. You will notice that taking care of yourself will help you be kinder to the people around you, stay more present and enjoy meaningful moments instead of missing them out.
Embrace the spirit of this season and take the time to reflect and put care and love into every gift you give. And remember, your presence–physical or digital–and mindful attention adds tremendous value to showing your appreciation and honoring your loved ones.