5 Easy Tips to Create Inner Peace this Holiday Season
By Nia Carrillo
It’s the time of year we might find ourselves out of our normal routines, as our schedules become consumed with holiday parties, gift shopping and family gatherings. As exciting as these festivities are, you might find yourself particularly drained at the end of the day. Though “tis the season of giving,” it’s important that we are giving from a loving space, so to avoid burnout and/or anxiety this next month, we’ve listed our five favorite ways to find inner peace during this sometimes-stressful period.
Yoga is the perfect way to carve out some time just for YOU. Making our way to the mat gives us the opportunity to renew and reintegrate our mind, body, and soul. Through a connection of breath to movement, we are better able to understand and achieve mindfulness on our mats and beyond. Even if you can’t make your way to a class here at Sojourn, a home practice can be just as powerful, even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
2. FIND GRATITUDE
With store shelves lined with the latest gadgets and commercials bombarding us with their holiday sales, it can be easy to fall in the trap of experiencing lack. Creating a practice of listing just five things you are grateful for can combat this, though. When we start to pay attention to all the abundance around us— the roofs over our head, the health of our family and friends, the luxury of having a cell phone or computer to even read this blog post, etc.— we are better able to elevate our vibration to that of abundance and inner peace. Try to remember that where our attention goes (abundance vs lack), our energy will follow.
3. HYDRATE + EAT WELL
You know the old saying “you are what you eat?” Well, this is quite literal. The food we eat is used to rebuild, regenerate and repair our tissues, bones, and even our bodies’ cells! It’s important that we are fueling our bodies mostly with foods that will truly make our bodies thrive, as they set a blueprint for our moods, emotions and overall energy. Simply put, you won’t feel well if you aren’t eating well. Stay tuned for more on this topic in an upcoming blog post ;)
4. OPT OUTSIDE
The easiest way to reconnect back to our source, spirit, soul (whatever you want to call it), is getting out in nature. This is where true contentment (aka inner peace) lies...within. Being surrounded my mother nature’s creations, the big blue sky, the trees, the ocean or even the snow, reminds us that we are all one. Even with all of our differences in beliefs, appearances, and experiences, we are all here on purpose from whomever or whatever you believe in.
5. CREATE A RITUAL
Rituals differ from routines in that they are not meant to take the guesswork out of things, but rather promote mindfulness and can be used as a conduit to celebrate the beginning of a day. Prayer and meditation are great tools to reconnect to your higher self, a space of pure love and peace, but they aren’t the only ways. Smudging with palo santo or sage, lighting a candle (our new Often Wander Ritual candles are perfect for this!), drawing an oracle card, or even journaling with your favorite morning beverage… The way you begin your day can determine the rest of it, so by seeking peace through an AM ritual, you are better able to achieve this feeling, now and for the rest of your life.
We hope these tips help you cultivate inner peace this holiday season! And, we’d love to hear from you too! Share your tips on Instagram or Facebook, tag us in your stories or comment in our feed and let us know how you will be creating inner peace this month.
Nia Carrillo, MS, is a Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and also the founder of Eclectic Wellness, a nutrition coaching service focused on the concepts of mindful (or Intuitive) eating to help women claim their confidence and power back through their wellness choices. Nia’s current offerings include one on one nutrition coaching and meal prep guidance. To learn more about Nia’s services and/or work with her, click below to schedule a complimentary consultation!