#3. Taking pause (2 minutes)
There is no better thing you can do when your mind starts spiraling about the holidays but to PAUSE. Just like we give our body rest periods when working out, we need to give our minds a rest from always thinking, always planning, always worrying that we haven’t done enough.
Untrained minds are like monkey minds, and one of the first things you can do to start training your wild, monkey mind, is learn to pause during your day. This is the basic premise of mindfulness. It starts with a pause, and relates to building an awareness of how you’re feeling in the moment.
Pause before you head into a holiday party, pause before you pull your phone while being present with family, pause before you fight back with your partner over something small, pause before you get angry at your kid in the toy aisle.
This mindfulness can save you embarrassment, but can also provide a neuroplastic response (or pattern interrupt) for your mind, which over time, will change how your body reacts.