Even though this time of year is supposed to be about connection, celebration, and feeling thankful, it can cause a lot of panic and stress. Science has proven that the mind and body are deeply intertwined and that stress is a leading contributor to many diseases. When your schedule is packed, it’s important to allocate time for yourself to clear your mind and maintain a proper, healthy balance. In fact, a recent pilot study published in the Journal of American College Health found that students who practiced guided mindfulness meditation for 5– 12 minutes per day over an 8- week period reported decreased anxiety and stress levels. So setting aside some time for yourself, even for as little as 5 minutes per day, can do wonders for your health.