Our final two holiday tips are useful not only during holiday times, but always.
9. Eat intentionally, slowly, thoughtfully, gratefully. Two bites of a rich desert mindfully tasted and appreciated can be more satisfying than a double portion eaten without noticing. Mind stories of deprivation or obligation can trick us into eating what our stomach and body do not truly want. Set your own intentions for eating and follow them with joy.
10. During this holiday season, here is an important thought for reducing stress and worry: be thankful. We spend a lot of precious energy thinking things should be different than what they are. Recognizing and giving up our own internal resistance to what is frees us up to put forth our most loving response to what is really in front of us. We all have a lot to be thankful for even when we have loses and setbacks.
Happy New Year!