Mind & Body

Turning Inward to Shine

Try Constructive Rest if you want to feel refueled and ready to tackle the extended family, office parties, and tree trimmings in better humor.

Turning Inward to Shine
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Along with tinsel and menorahs, the winter holidays so often bring a faint undercurrent of angst. Winter is a time when we naturally want to turn inwards and get cozy, not dash from party to party.

Being warm-blooded animals, we resonate with the seasons and feel a natural pull to contract and hibernate in the winter, wanting to snuggle under a blanket and do quieter activities. This makes it challenging to socialize and be outgoing as these holidays demand. But if you can dedicate about 30 minutes a day to honor the yearning for contraction and self-reflection, and “close up shop” for a while, you will likely feel refueled and ready to tackle the extended family, office parties, and tree trimmings in better humor.

Ensuring you won’t be interrupted, for the first 15-20 minutes do something solo, inwardly focused, and away from electronics. Find things you truly enjoy and will look forward to doing—read a book that completely absorbs you, brainstorm your dreams or vent your frustrations in a journal, sketch for fun, do some expansive stretching yoga poses, take a walk (unplugged from phone or music), or sit quietly and breathe deeply. It may take a few tries to discover what really draws you in, so keep experimenting.

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