This week in Juicy Bites we learn:
- How to reduce stress with mindfulness
- How to prioritize what we really want
- How to be kind to ourselves in times of stress
- How to give to others this holiday season
- How to slow down and be present, not perfect
At the end of this post, we encourage you to join us for a conversation. This week’s Juicy Bites question for you, dear emerging women, is:
1. "Be" home for the holidays via Mindful
Jeffrey Brantley, MD, is the founder and director of the mindfulness-based stress reduction program at Duke University’s Center for Integrative Medicine. In this article, Brantley highlights the importance of "being" over "doing," and shares a quick exercise to help cultivate mindful connection.
“Above all, have kindness and compassion (a little 'holiday spirit') for yourself." - Jeffrey Brantley
2. How to prioritize what truly matters via Kris Carr
Kris Carr admits, "If I’m not careful, I can easily regress into a people-pleasing 'yes' pez dispenser, who periodically loses her mind and agrees to everything–especially around the holidays!" In this post, Carr shares some tips for prioritizing balance and self-care this season.
“When it comes to shiny objects, people are like barracuda. We get mesmerized by the sparkly, swirly stuff.” -Kris Carr
3. 25 Women Writers Share Their Best Self-Compassion Tips via Psychology Today
Are you hard on yourself during the holiday season? These bite-sized reflections on self-compassion from women writers may give you the tools needed to choose self-kindness in a time of stress.
“No one knows our hurts the way we do. We are the sages of our soft spots and our edges. Self-compassion is showing up to that relationship with honesty and with love." - Jamie Ridler
4. Kid President's Holiday Gift Guide: The Perfect Gift Is Something That Makes The World Better via Mind Body Green
In this video, Kid President challenges us to think outside the gift-box when it comes to holiday presents. "Giving gifts can change the world," he says, "especially when they are full of love." Watch for hilarious and heartwarming gift ideas, and some important advice about bear hugs.
“The truth is, most people don’t need stuff, they need to know somebody cares.” -Kid President
5. Stop the Madness: Choose Mindfulness Over Perfection This Holiday Season via Gaiam Life
Last week, we talked about perfectionism as the enemy of creativity. This week we look at how perfectionism isn't doing your holidays any favors either. Yoganonymous advises us to slow down and practice voluntary simplicity instead of fueling the seasonal stress.
“I challenge you to move instead toward complete present-moment awareness — and away from the illusion of putting together the perfect party.” - Yoganonymous