By: Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC

As Glynda mentioned in her article last week, there’s a lot of pressure this time of year to “do it right”…

•  Sending holiday cards (Did I miss someone? Am I mailing these too late?…)

•  Buying the perfect gift for each person (What do I get for my kid’s teachers? How am I going to do all of this on my budget? Did I find each gift for the lowest price?…)

•  Figuring out the logistics of holiday get-togethers, without hurting anyone’s feelings (Can everyone do it on this day? What time? How can we also fit in a visit to…?)

That’s just the tip of the iceberg: it’s overwhelming. It’s easy to let one negative thought or experience snowball into anxiety, or dread, that the rest of your, day, week… will be overly difficult.

Overcoming a pattern of negative thinking takes practice; you’ll need to develop your mindfulness skills.

3 Ways to Change Your Outlook

How do you adjust your mindset? Proactively build positive-thinking actions into your day. Doing so, can make all of the difference in your outlook on things, especially if you also have depression, or even just a tendency to be pessimistic (and who doesn’t sometimes?).

1) Meditate. Relax your body and mind daily; start with just 5 minutes each day and work up to 20 minutes if you can. These days, it couldn’t be easier: just search YouTube for guided meditation and try a few until you find at least one video that has a voice, and message, that resonates for you.

Find a mantra that reinforces what you already believe is true in your life (e.g., “I find the joy in all things,” “Money flows to me freely and easily,” or “I enjoy a life of ease”) and incorporate it into your meditation. Getting into the feeling place of the mantra (statement) while meditating, reading, thinking, or saying it out loud, helps wire the brain to make it true.

You’ll be amazed how much calmer and more centered you feel throughout the day. Meditation is also a great thing to do with your kids before bedtime as an unwinding routine.

2) Make a list. Create a list of good things (big and small) that happened in 2018. Think about related unexpected outcomes (the ripple effect) of those good things on your list. When you’re feeling low, read the list for inspiration!

What’s #3 on Jennifer’s list? Read more to find out!…

Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.