Sometimes we feel a sense of urgency from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season; and our “to-do” list seems to get longer each year.
It may go without saying, but all of this busyness leads to perceived stress.
Thus, I’m offering you the following tips to help lighten your load, maybe your mind and feel better about these seemingly stressful holidays. As well, I hope these suggestions ease you into the peace and grace that the holidays are supposed to bring.
Here Are 5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity this Holiday Season:
More and more of us are finding the ease of shopping from our smartphones, tablets, or computers saving us time; at least from the driving to and from the stores and searching for the one last item on our holiday shopping list. After raising two children, mostly as a single parent, I understand.
If you enjoy walking through the mall or other brick and mortar stores, you may want to pick your most emotionally-supportive mantra, or calming self-care modality and practice it. Now. Yes, this is the reason to use them in the moments of chaos, (especially during the holidays), and why you have these centering-tools in your little bag of tricks! Ah, for such a time as this.
Speaking of self-care practices, if you would like to know what I use for stress reduction, I wrote a blog years ago.
Realize that no matter what, it’s all okay
Breathe. Take a moment to appreciate all of the abundance around you, even if the only, “seeming bounty,” is air! You really do have all you need and it’s always there at the ready for you to luxuriously enjoy it.
Speaking of enjoying things, let’s ponder the word “enjoy” for a moment, shall we? The more we can be in a joyous moment, actually “in-joy,” the calmer we can feel.
Observe your breath and your thoughts
Even if only for a moment. Even if you can’t find a reason to put a smile on your beautiful face. A while back I saw a few words displayed on a screen that said something like, “This moment of calm is brought to you by,” and I thought to myself, “this is good.”This is really good. A moment in time that I can just observe without attachment to any doing.
Sign up for classes, mentoring, or coaching you’ve been contemplating to start in January
If you’re really brave, (or caught up on that “to-do” list), start now. Yes, call me crazy, but I always start new diets or coaching before the end of each year. Why? It sets me up for success and it allows me to focus on something very positive for myself too. So, sign up now, while you’re thinking about it. This way, after all the rushing around is over, you won’t be tempted to fall into the blues. You will feel empowered knowing that after all of the hectic holiday time, you’ll already be set for the New Year; resolutions or not.
I hope these tips have been helpful, that you save time and stress, and keep your sanity by doing one or more of the things you probably already know how to do.
Have a glorious holiday season!