It’s almost time! We're in the last week before Christmas, with the last mad rush of shopping and baking and parties upon us.
Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s hard to escape the hectic nature of the season. Besides the hustle and bustle of holiday activity, world events keep many of us feeling stressed, bewildered, and hopeless. It's safe to say the energy this year is different than in years past.
How do we cope? Especially in the face of events over which we have no control?
This has been a personal struggle of mine for years. The holidays have often been less fun as they could be for me because of the stress they bring with them. I usually want to simply curl up under the covers and hide all month. However, my struggles a few years ago with adrenal fatigue and the debilitating symptoms that accompanied it forced me to seek more balance in all areas of my life: diet, physical activity, sleep, time management, and especially mindset. It's a daily challenge to find balance in all these areas (and admittedly, I still struggle), but I NEVER want to feel that bad again.
As I said, I’m not perfect, but over the years I’ve cultivated some practices that have helped me keep my energy more balanced and my stress low. I share these tips below in hopes they’ll help you too, not only to get through the holidays, but to actually ENJOY them.
Do you have any tips or practices that help you through your holidays or other stressful times? Reply to this email or head over to my Facebook group and join the conversation!
Love and light,
It’s that time of year again. The holidays. It's one of my favorite times of year, yet it also can bring with it a great deal of stress.
I love the decorations and music, time off with my children, and visiting family. I love the sights and sounds that accompany Christmas, and especially the traditions. We pick out a live tree, the kids trim the house in a nauseating array of snowmen, glass figurines, poinsettias, and lights. We bake sugar cookies and the kids take great pride in creatively decorating each individual one with homemade icing and sprinkles.
At the same time, I have so much internal pressure to accomplish my to-do list that I tend to overbook myself, both physically and energetically. I stress about finding the most perfect, thoughtful present for each person. I spread myself too thin with arbitrary activities and deadlines. I try to fit everything into a short span of time, while neglecting my self-care for fear of neglecting something else that’s just as important. In no time, I feel overwhelmed, irritable, and exhausted. I start canceling plans, shuffling commitments around, and feeling like a human game of Tetris.
Do you do that too? Or do you have holiday stress conquered? Let’s share our best tips and tools for staying grounded and peaceful this holiday season!
This week, our focus is on how to make ourselves a priority in spite of all we have to accomplish. Below are eight tips to remind you to take care of your whole self: body, mind, and spirit!
Love & light,
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