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  • Slow Down This Holiday Season

    In an effort to alleviate the heightened stress, depression, anxiety, and grief that often accompany this time of year, consider engaging your senses mindfully.

    Observe and truly take in the vibrant colors of the season.

    Listen attentively to the lyrics and underlying emotions in the music, the diverse sounds of various instruments, the laughter of children, and the quiet whispers of your own thoughts. Seek out words of wisdom in the midst of the festive noise.

    Savor the unique flavors of the season, paying close attention to temperatures, spices, and textures in the foods you indulge in.

    Explore tactile comforts that bring you solace through touch.

    Immerse yourself in the comforting scents of cinnamon, the fragrant aroma of flowers, or the invigorating scent of pine. Allow these aromas to transport you to a place of tranquility.

    Seek out small moments of inspiration and joy each day. Take the time to recall and support those who may be facing difficulties during the holidays, especially if that person happens to be you—extend compassion to the sick, the grieving, and the lonely.

    Embrace the opportunity to slow down, appreciate the details, and cultivate moments of peace amidst the holiday rush.