8 Great Ways to Boost Mindfulness During the Holidays

Interview: Dr. Mimi Secor.

Dr. Mimi Secor is Nurse Practitioner from the Boston area. She has been specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years, is a national speaker and consultant, and is an international bestselling author of Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life At Any Age.

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but also the busiest and sometimes the most stressful time, too. Add a pandemic, and there is a real recipe for anxiety. Interview Dr. Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, to discuss ways we can all practice mindfulness to not only reduce stress, but also be happy and be able to share and affect others in more positive ways.

  1. Be Creative. Getting lost in any arts and crafts taps into our human creativity, reduces stress, and recharges us so we can be more empathetic with ourselves and others.
  2. Slow down. Eating slowly, noticing food colors, smells, flavors, drinking water between bites, resting periodically—all of these things help to quiet the mind and take it off the negative.
  3. Aroma therapy. Aroma therapy can rewire our moods, helping us destress, relax, sleep (especially lavender), and feel joy/gratitude.
  4. Do puzzles. The concentration involved can not only help sharpen our brains, but also help us stop thinking about sources of stress in our lives.
  5. Practice gratitude. Consciously practicing gratitude on a daily basis can increase our self-awareness and help us get back in touch with what brings us joy.
  6. Positive affirmations. Positive affirmations practiced on a regular basis (i.e., placing sticky notes on a mirror, can help us rewire how we think about ourselves. Examples include, “I am strong,” “I can do this,” “I am beautiful just the way I am.”
  7. Take up journaling. Journaling regularly can help us gain insight into our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, impulses, relationships, and much more. It is a very powerful tool for self-improvement and for developing mindfulness.
  8. Give back. Volunteering and performing acts of service help us develop mindfulness by shifting our natural, self-centered ways to focus on helping others less fortunate than ourselves. There is something magical about volunteering and giving to others who are in need. When we reach out to others and empathize with their humanity, we usually get much more back that we give. It warms our hearts, gives us much needed connectedness with others, and helps us develop and deepen our mindfulness.

 

Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor
 is a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. She is the author of the book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age.

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