Finding Joy & Minimizing Stress This Holiday Season

 

Well, it’s that wonderful time of the year.  It is a magical time with lots of activities, celebrations and special times with family and friends.  It can be so much fun!  It can also be stressful.  If you find the holidays overwhelming or stressful, this might be a good time to ask yourself why.  I once heard that stress results from hearing your mouth say “yes” when your gut is saying an emphatic “NO WAY”.  This self- betrayal causes anxiety, resentment, and guilt.  So, what would your holiday season look like if you could design it just the way you want? The reality is that you can! You are in charge of your life.  If you enjoy a lot of celebrating and parties, great!  If you don’t, it’s absolutely ok to limit how much you do.

This is the Perfect Time to Practice Mindfulness

Make sure you take a breath and really notice what is beautiful and meaningful to you.  It might be listening to your favorite Christmas music, having a cup of coffee with a friend, taking a walk and enjoying Christmas lights.  Quiet time is good for the body, mind, and soul.

It’s really important to practice extreme self-care now.  One of the best ways to de-stress is to exercise.  Even a 10-minute walk can do you a world of good.  The world will still be there when you come back and you will feel so much better.  Make sure you get enough sleep.  It’s also a great idea to get an extra adjustment before we are gone for the long break. This will all help keep your immune system working at peak.

Many people share that it is stressful trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list.  It can be overwhelming, and expensive.  This can add to the stress for months to come. It’s ok to limit gift-giving, especially between adults.  I know many adults who have completely altered the dynamic of gift-giving in their families and social groups.  This is a great conversation to have.  And you might find that others feel the same way.

Several years ago, one of our practice members gave me a lovely Christmas card which described that in my name she had given a monetary gift to Heifer International.  It described that women who live in 3rd world extreme poverty were given goats to raise.  This allowed them to feed their families and create businesses to help their entire community.  I can not tell you how great this felt to me.  Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.  That day, I realized that I would feel so much better if I stopped the gift-giving, and instead I donate where I feel called to do so.

Whatever you choose to do for the Holidays, be present, be grateful, and enjoy the small things in life.  Life is a gift and you deserve to enjoy every minute.  We love and appreciate you all!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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