It’s easy to get overwhelmed during the holidays. Expectations are fairly high of the magical experience it’s supposed to be. Though, you may feel joyous and grateful for your many blessings, sometimes your personal circumstances make it difficult to be in a celebratory mood. If you’re feeling bad, you might slip into eating, drinking, spending or emotional habits that are unwise or unhealthy.
Here are three simple ideas to keep you calm, cool, sane and sober
1)Ask yourself what the holidays are really about for you. What would it take for the experience to be more fulfilling this year? Should you do more, reach out more or do less, and stop reaching out as much? Is there a better way of celebrating and gift giving that would be better for you this year?
2)Know how much money you have to spend. Be clear where you want your bank account to be on January 2nd. If you’re flush – go for it! If you’re not, there are lots of ways to celebrate the holidays such as setting time aside to be with the people you love, donating your time to a worthy cause in lieu of giving gifts, or being really creative and giving gifts from the heart.
3)Know how much energy you have to work with. Look at your calendar. Do you need to impose holiday ground rules with yourself? Do you need to add to or take away from what’s on your calendar? How do you want to feel mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually in January? Managing and protecting your energy is as simple as applying mindfulness to your activities.
Take a piece of paper from a large sketch pad and list every thing that you have to do between now and January 2nd. Include work, entertaining, attending parties, cooking, cleaning, buying gifts, phone calls, cards, emails, tips, and/or traveling. Apply tips 1,2 and 3. Develop a new strategy, if necessary.
I wish many blessings for you and your family and friends, and the happiest and healthiest holiday season! Take good care of yourself!