4 Steps to Holiday Bliss
We all want our holiday season to be the most wonderful time of the year, but often we experience the opposite. Instead of joy, peace and love, we can find ourselves in chaos, overwhelm, resentment and disappointment.
What if there were some things you could do (that don’t take much time or add to your to-do list) to help you ACTUALLY feel joy, peace and love this holiday season?
Here are the practices that have worked for me in the past and that I’m focusing on this season:
1. Set an intention.
How do you want to feel this holiday season? Keep it simple and pick one word to use as your mantra. Then ask yourself: What choices can I make to help me experience this emotion?
2. Just say NO!
Too many women I work with fill their days and weeks doing things they have NO DESIRE to do. They say yes out of guilt, and then end up feeling resentful and angry about their overcommitment. I know this is the season of giving and celebration, so you will want to say yes to some things. But try being intentional about it. Balance your yeses with some nos. If it doesn’t contribute to your intention for the season, experiment with saying, “I’d love to, but I’m not available for that….”
3. Add some mindfulness to your day.
This type of soulful self-care often gets thrown out the window during the holidays, but a little goes a long way! Just a few minutes of your day to ground yourself and connect to your heart will help you show up for others in the right heart space. This can make a HUGE difference in the quality of your days.
4. Accept what is.
No matter what we do, we will likely have some stressful moments and less than loving interactions with the ones we love. Beating yourself up about it only makes things worse. Give grace to the people around you. Remind yourself that you’re all doing the best you can. Take a few deep breaths. Remember your intention. And then start anew.
I hope you find these practices helpful. Wishing you a lovely, joyful, peaceful holiday season.
Love and light,