|4. Your mind feels thick as the new-fallen snow. In December, choice-overload is working overtime. Whether you can’t remember where you left your car keys, or you can’t shake an uneasy feeling that there’s something on your to-do list that has yet to be done, you need to take positive action to clear your mind.
Try this: Rise and pause. Take a few minutes each day to train your mind to stay in the moment. “Sit by yourself for 20 minutes every morning, eyes open or closed,” suggests Gottlieb. “Feel the temperature of the room, feel your mind racing, or not; allow whatever emotion you feel.” This practice, called mindfulness, can help you appreciate what you might otherwise miss. “It’s a wake up to our lives,” Gottlieb says. “I looked out the window this morning and saw frost. I thought, ‘How lucky am I that I can take a warm shower?’ That’s what happens when we stop and just breathe.”
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