The holidays are upon us faster and faster each year, aren’t they? It seems like retailers remove the 4th of July merchandise from the store shelves and replace it with Christmas trees and holiday decorations. And we walk by and laugh at how incredible it is to see wreaths and snowmen in the middle of Summer.
And then, we blink…and the holidays are upon us.
And, let’s face it, those holidays can be pretty stressful.
After all, Life is already busy with all the little bits and pieces that must get done everyday between school, work, and home. And just when you think your plate can hold no more, the holidays are added:
Decorating…Shopping…Baking…Wrapping Gifts…School Parties…Sending Cards…Trying to find a parking space…Pulling out the strands of lights…Finding half the lights not working…Driving back to the store…Waiting in lines…
We start feeling overwhelmed and overloaded, and when that happens, it’s easy for the joy of the season to get crowded out.
To avoid this seasonal stress, it’s important that you take time to for yourself, time to take care of yourself, time to recognize that you are in control of this holiday season, not the mall or the commercials or even the calendar. YOU.
And, because you are in control, take small steps to help calm your spirit:
Balance out holiday indulgences of cookies or sweets with a quick walk around the block.
Take a quick 5-minute meditation break and just sit quietly with your eyes closed.
Make sleep a priority.
Spend time with friends and family to remind yourself of what is truly important.
And above all, be kind to yourself so you can keep the “happy” in the Holidays.
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