Tackle Holiday Stress with Mindfulness

It's the most wonderful—and stressful—time of the year. Mindfulness can help. 


Are We Wired to Want Stuff? Neuroscience can explain why your kids have the holiday gimmes. Christine Carter from the Greater Good Science Center looks at what happens in the brain when we get frenzied over instant gratification, and how we can teach our kids to understand that feeling and learn from it.

“Be” Home for the Holidays: Instead of being overwhelmed or exhausted by the many demands of the holidays, you can take a different approach—one involving more “being” and less “doing,” says Jeff Brantley. He offers a mindfulness practice for this busy time of year.

Have a Happy, Gift-Light Holiday: Diana Winston talks about dealing with gifts and consumption in a more mindful, saner way than some of us, at least, might be used to.

Winter Blues: The days are getting shorter. And darker. “Perhaps,” says Sylvia Boorstein, “these days of less sunlight are opportunities for more contemplative time, more looking deeply to see what can only be seen in the dark.”

A Season for Connecting: Do you catch yourself going on autopilot during this busy season? Janice Marturano talks about how you can wind down, figure out what’s important to you, and spend more time sharing with others.

Want to Change in the New Year? It Starts with Mindfulness: Elisha Goldstein offers ideas on how we can live mindfully, day to day, in 2014.

This web extra provides additional information related to an article titled, “Holiday Relief,” which appeared in the December 2013 issue of Mindful magazine.