'Restival-ize' Your New Year

The winter months naturally inspire stillness. As the days grow shorter, mother nature slows down in response. However, many of our modern traditions dictate the opposite. From the bright lights and jingle bells to the rush to complete your shopping, the holiday season can create stress and hyperactivity.  

We hope these simple tips help inspire you to slow down and savor the special moments of this season.

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-Use Airplane mode for more than travel-

Our phones can easily become the epi-center of our world. One minute you’ll be recording a beautiful memory, the next, an unrelated notification has you instantly transported to your desk. Stay present for the memories you make by taking advantage of your phone’s airplane mode. You'll be more present to the moments that matter and the only jingles you’ll hear are sleigh bells.    

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-Press Snooze-

Take a page from our fellow mammals and try hibernating. Our sleep and wake cycles are naturally regulated by light. Light suppresses the production of melatonin by the brain's pineal gland. In the morning, the pineal gland is instructed to stop producing the hormone, which aids in waking up. We feel sleepier in the winter because there's less daylight, hence more melatonin. Take advantage of that natural melatonin boost and embrace the urge to snooze. 

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-Don’t forget the gift of giving-

The holiday season is about the true spirit of giving - not just gifts, also your time, attention and love. This is the kind of giving that requires you to appreciate company, family and spend time with people who appreciate companionship.  Humans are social creatures, we belong together, so reach out and visit with someone you haven’t seen in awhile.  Make their holiday.

 

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-It’s the end of your year-

Take a moment to reflect on the events of 2017. Be kind to yourself and give yourself credit for the success you've achieved no matter how small and consider the lessons you've learned along the way. It's time to review, plan, project, amend and look towards 2018 with a clear vision.  After you’ve reviewed your year, consider giving yourself a gift - you deserve it. Instead of the standard indulgences look for something that enhances your wellbeing and your ability to make 2018 a year of health and authentic growth!

 

Caroline Jones