There is no better time than the holiday season to make a commitment to living more mindfully, being more present with all the choices you make that reflect your values, priorities and life choices. We get derailed from the joy of the season when we get caught up in too much purchasing, too little quiet time, too much pressure to socialize, too little self-care. Chances are that if you aren’t feeling positive about your holiday experience that others around you are feeling the same way. Joy is contagious, right? So isn’t stress and negativity. Before the holiday season gets way ahead of you, sit down and write out your vision of how you would like this holiday to be different by asking yourself these 5 questions.
What would you like to do less of?
Who would you like to spend some time with?
What experiences do you recall that created a positive holiday season?
What of self-care practice brings you peace, energy and happiness?
How can you share the gifts of the season with others?
It helps to get on the same page with your family and friends regarding the vision you have for the holidays. This is a pro-active strategy that can reduce disappointment and create realistic expectations. The title of this blog refers to holiday survival, because that’s what people feel they are doing, just getting through, barely surviving.
The intention of any holiday season is to be uplifting, to create positive and loving memories with family and friends, to welcome old traditions and start some new ones and…to celebrate the SEASON. When you review the answers you gave to the above questions, is there one area that seems to cry out for some attention, shifting your attachment from what you think you should be doing to one of what you long to be doing.
Wishing you all the best as you welcome love, light and celebration into your life.