Here we are in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle. The expectation of the holidays – shopping, decorating, and baking – oh my! All of these tasks added to your everyday responsibilities can become overwhelming. Here are three ways to make this season more enjoyable and a time you will remember with fond memories:
Put forth great effort to be present. Feeling overwhelmed? It’s often a reflex to pick up our phone and scroll through social media – do you do the same? Instead, consider leaving your electronics in another room. Don’t even allow yourself the temptation to pick up your phone and disengage from communicating with your gathered loved ones. Feeling particularly scatter-brained? Focus on your senses. Ask yourself - What do I smell? What do I hear? What do I feel? Stopping to think through what’s going on around you really brings you into the present moment. In fact, it’s a great tool to use year-round, not just during the holidays!
Give up those expectations. Do you expect a perfect holiday season? That’d be lovely, of course – but putting your entire extended family in one house is bound to have something go awry. Therefore, dropping the expectation of perfection will allow you to be prepared for when something may spring up. There is joy to be found in each situation, so even when things don’t go exactly as planned – spend your energy finding gratitude in your circumstances and enjoying as much of your time as you possibly can. ‘Tis the season!
Find time to move. Does exercise take a back seat when life gets busy? Choose something else to let go of this season and stick with activity. Even if it’s just a brisk walk after lunch or dinner – make it a habit to bundle up in your favorite scarf and winter coat to go for a walk alone to clear your mind, or in the company of someone special. Be sure that you are getting your time outside in nature, breathing in fresh air, and finding time for meaningful movement somewhere in each day. Put it on your calendar, like an appointment, and don’t sacrifice your time for self-care. You are worth it. Every day of the year.
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