Oh me. Oh my. If you want to "hear" my personal note, The Reality of Your Bridge, you can listen in to that podcast episode HERE.
The holidays are among here – a time of year that’s known for its busy nature that can lead to a load of stress. After all, you likely have already gone to holiday gatherings, have several invitations outstanding, a long list of people you need to send holiday cards to, (I’m not judging, because I haven’t sent one!), and the daunting task of braving the last-minute shopping crowds to find the last gifts for your loved ones. All of this, on top of your normal everyday life. Yeah. I know. It can be overwhelming to say the least.
The sad thing is, this overwhelm screams louder than the reason for this season! You can check out the podcast episode, Not So Random ChatZ From a New Path, I did around this the other day HERE.
Today, I want to share with you some of my personal favorite ways to navigate this busy, stressful time of year. I want you to make this season a lot more enjoyable, less stressful, and a time you will remember, even if it’s laughing at yourself. (That’s what I’m going to do. LOL) I have 3 Simple Step Solutions for you!
In the end, celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, and create some amazing memories along the way. Now for those secret weapons!
These 3 Simple Step Solutions (secret weapons) of mine include…
Put forth great effort to be present. It can be difficult, I understand. It’s almost a reflex to pick up our phones and scroll through Facebook or our email when we have a free moment – do you do the same? One way I like to dodge this during the holidays is to leave my electronics in another room. I encourage you to not even allow yourself the temptation to pick up your phone and disengage from communicating with your gathered family and friends. When I’m feeling particularly scatter-brained, what really helps ground me is focusing on my senses. Yep. I tune in. What do I smell? What do I hear? What do I feel?
Stopping and thinking through what’s going on around you at that very moment really brings you into the present unlike anything else. It’s a wonderful tool to use to dial in and be present – and is a great tool to use year-round, not just during the holidays!
Give up those expectations. A lot of the stress we experience during the holidays…we put on ourselves. The stress we put on ourselves this season lies in the thought process that we expect things to be perfect. That’d be lovely, now…wouldn’t it? Of course – but putting your entire extended family in one house is bound to have something go cuh-rae-zee. Therefore, dropping the expectations of perfection will allow you to be prepared for when something may spring up. There is JOY to be found in each situation, so even when things don’t go exactly as planned – spend your energy finding gratitude in your circumstances and enjoying as much of your time as you possibly can. Let go of “perfect.” Embrace and be grateful for…excellence. Tis the season!
Find time to move. Boo-yah! You knew this one was coming. But seriously. It’s incredibly important to keep movement in your schedule, no matter how busy you may feel. You could start your day a few minutes early and enjoy the fresh air to get things going. Even a brisk walk after lunch or dinner can do the trick. Simply make it a habit to bundle up in your favorite scarf and winter coat to go for a walk alone to clear your mind, or with someone you enjoy being around. Be sure that you are getting your time outside in nature, breathing in fresh air, clearing your mind, burning off some calories, and keeping your heart rate up. Above all...Keep it simple.
Set the intention to step into a stress-free zone this holiday! Keep things simple. Celebrate with family and friends. Take some time to just....chill. Remember and embrace the reason for this season, and let go of the craziness of the hurriedness of the bustling crowds. Examine your bridge of reality, and cross it so you can keep walking in truth. Who knows...you may just find a new path on the other side! Here's to you most amazing journey!
Ready Resource...My Gift to YOU!
This past year, I've talked a LOT about gratitude. So...as a Christmas gift from me to you, I want you to have a 30-Days version of my Forever Grateful Gratitude Journal! Simple print it out any way you'd like, and use it. I have a much longer version (over 100 pages!), that I LOVE. Not knowing if you're a journaling kinda person or not, I created a 30-Days version as a gift. Look for your copy in your Christmas Card email from me. (Let me know if it doesn't arrive before Christmas!) I truly hope you enjoy it!
I am offering a group-coaching program for my Lifestyle Fitness and Nutrition for Life programs in mid-January, so keep an eye out for that.
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