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Increase Your Joy and Destress this Holiday Season

Want to maximize your enjoyment of the holidays this year? Here are some resources for handling the diverse array of obstacles that can get in the way of that goal.

  1. H.E.A.L. yourself from the holiday blues: There are actions you can take to minimize the very real experiences of loneliness, financial worry, and family conflict that many people face this time of year. Dr. Juli Fraga, psychologist, writes “Tis The Season For The Holiday Blues: Here’s How You Can Heal” for the Huffington Post about a very handy acronym you can put to use: H.E.A.L.!
  2. Peacefully combat the stress of cooking, travelling, and family gatherings without giving up more than three minutes per day: Tara Brach, founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C., speaks with Nora Krug of The Washington Post about finding the motivation to try meditation this season. Brach also offers some great tips for handling – and resolving – those heated conversations that pop up when the family gathers.
  3. Practice mindful shopping: New York Times reporter David Gelles, in his series, “Meditation for Real Life,”   shares some very practical ideas for transforming a frantic holiday shopping experience into an opportunity for mindfulness.
  4. Self-care is especially important during the holidays: Take time to celebrate YOU this season. In “5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Holiday Season,” Author and U.S. News contributor Hannah Morgan delivers some practical steps for taking care of yourself this season!