It can be easy to lose track of the fact that we have the power to create any experience we want, in any moment, no matter how busy life gets. So if you’re finding your holidays are filled with more hustle and bustle and less peace and harmony here are a few things you can do to get yourself back on track:
Know what is important to you and what you can let go of! Whatever you most love about this time of year, whether it’s connecting with friends and family, being in service to those in need, or baking cookies for every single person you know, start from that desire and clear out all unnecessary tasks that stands in the way of making it happen.
Take a close look at your holiday to-do list and with each item on the list do one of three things:
- Delegate It!-- There is no rule that says you have to do everything.
- Ditch It!-- Just because Great Aunt Bessie made 40 fruit cakes every year doesn’t mean you need to. I remember the joy and freedom I experienced the year I decided not to send out holiday cards.
- Do It!-- If you choose to keep something on your list look for ways to bring ease and enjoyment to the task. Fighting against anything you are doing will only add to your stress and anxiety whereas coming from a place of flexibility and acceptance will bring you peace.
Being present is perhaps the greatest present of all. Running around in a frenzy and disconnecting from what’s happening now will make you feel like life is out of control.
When we’re busy getting everything done and making things just right for everyone around us, self-care is often the first thing to go. You cannot be at your best or give fully to those around you when your energy, health, and happiness are depleted. Ideally you want to carve out a little time for yourself every day…think tea, bath, dance break, reading, nap… but at the VERY LEAST focus on drinking lots of water, putting high quality food in your body, and getting plenty of sleep.
If there is only one thing you take away from this article I would love for it to be the understanding that you have the power to create any experience you want. When we are waiting on another person or circumstance to change in order to reach our desired state we are powerless. No one else has the ability to make us happy, calm, relaxed, energized… which is awesome news because it means that we can shift into how we want to feel at any time, even when life is crazy. It takes time and practice to learn how to do this but I guarantee it’s 100% possible and it is, without a doubt, worth the effort.
Wishing you peace and joy each and every day,