Mindfulness Pillar at Unite Fitness Retreat

Practice Mindfulness This Holiday Season

One of our pillars at Unite Fitness Retreat is mindfulness and for good reason.  This practice, as simple as it sounds can be harder than burpees or wall sits.   Still, with time and consistency, you can become strong and disciplined in being more present and aware in your day to day life.   Practicing mindfulness during the holidays is even more essential, it can help reduce stress and increase your overall sense of well-being.

Here are seven ways to incorporate mindfulness into your holiday routine:

  1. Mindful Breathing: Take a few moments each day to focus on your breath. Close your eyes, breathe in deeply through your nose, and exhale through your mouth. Pay attention to the sensation of each breath, bringing your mind back if it wanders.  Teach this technique to your kiddos, when they begin to feel overwhelmed, remind them their own breath can calm them down.
  2. Savor the Moments: Whether it’s enjoying a meal, spending time with loved ones, or even wrapping presents, practice being fully present. Engage your senses—notice the smells, tastes, textures, and sounds around you.
  3. Mindful Eating: During holiday meals, eat slowly and savor each bite. Pay attention to the flavors, textures, and the experience of eating without distractions like phones or TV.  Not only will this help with the urge to over indulge, you will truly enjoy those bites you take.
  4. Gratitude Practice: Take time each day to reflect on what you’re grateful for. It could be something specific to the holiday season or something simple like a beautiful sunrise.  Take this to the next level and write it down in a journal.  This simple practice breeds more gratitude.
  5. Mindful Movement: Engage in mindful activities like yoga, walking, or even just stretching. Pay attention to the sensations in your body and the movement you’re experiencing.  Mindful hiking is one of our favorite activities at Unite Fitness Retreat, we are lucky to explore the mountains daily.  However, you don’t need a mountain, any walk outside will do, aim for 30 minutes or more.
  6. Digital Detox: Consider taking breaks from technology to be more present in the moment.  Limit screen time and focus on real-life interactions.  Make sure to turn your device on silent during meals, at least an hour before bed and try to give yourself at least 30 minutes before checking your phone in the morning.
  7. Kindness and Compassion: Practice kindness towards yourself and others.  Show compassion and understanding, especially during this potentially stressful time.  This is a great time to donate goods or time to a local charity, they certainly could use the extra support during this time.

Mindfulness doesn’t need to be time-consuming; even a few minutes a day can make a difference. It’s about being aware and intentional in the present moment, which can bring a sense of calm and clarity during the holiday rush.  Happy Holidays to you!