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  • Covey Wellness Centre

Find Light in the Darkness | The Art of Slowing Down During the Holiday Season

As the Christmas season approaches, our lives can become a whirlwind of activity. In the midst of a festive frenzy, there's profound beauty in slowing down and finding light in the darker days of winter.

Explore six simple ways to embrace a slower pace during the holidays and discover a calm joy, a light in the darkness, in a wild world.

1. Embrace the Darkness:

Winter's longer nights invite introspection and coziness. Instead of resisting early evenings, embrace them as opportunities for rest and reflection. Light candles enjoy warm drinks, and let the peacefulness of the dark nurture your soul.

2. Simplify Celebrations:

The essence of Christmas or the holiday season isn't in excess. The goodness, the generosity, the lavish love of Christmas are found in simple joys; simplify your holiday plans.

Choose quality over quantity, whether it's in gift-giving, decorating, or festivities. A simplified Christmas allows more room for genuine connections, relaxation and reflection on the purpose of it all.

3. Make Mindful Moments:

Incorporate seasonal mindfulness into your daily routine this December. Spend a few minutes each morning or evening in quiet contemplation or meditation while the windows are still dark. Turn on twinkly lights or light and candle, rest in the quiet of the dark and be mindful of the beautiful in the light.

This type of mindfulness helps you appreciate the present moment, reducing stress and increasing contentment.

4. Consider Nature’s Pace:

Nature in winter teaches us about the beauty of slowing down. Take walks in the crisp air, observe the bare trees, and listen to the silence of a snowy evening. Nature’s tranquility is a gentle reminder of life’s simple pleasures.

5. Cultivate Gratitude:

Practicing gratitude can transform our perspective. In a season when spending is through the roof and advertising is at is climax, gratitude can get shuffled to the bottom shelf. Instead of letting the hustle and bustle of busyness lead the way, reflect on things you’re thankful for each day. Remind yourself you have enough, you are enough. Gratitude brings light into our lives, even on the darkest days.

6. Create Slow Traditions:

Create your own holiday traditions that emphasize slowness and togetherness. It could be a family storytelling night, baking sessions, or crafting homemade decorations. These activities create warmth and joy that linger long after the season ends.

Simply take the pressure off to create traditions and explore what you enjoy and what to do again with the intention of slowing down and being together. You’ll be glad you did.

The Christmas season is a perfect time to slow down and look for light in the darkness. By embracing the quieter moments, simplifying our celebrations, and being mindful of the beauty around us, we can experience a holiday season that rejuvenates rather than exhausts.

Let's cherish the slow, peaceful moments this Christmas and allow ourselves to be enveloped in the gentle joy they bring.


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