What does the Holiday season mean? For many it means spending quality time with family, taking extended vacations from work, traveling, fun holiday crafts and activities and delicious meals! Well, lets get real… those are the fun aspects but most of us seems to get over-stressed, depressed and sad during this time. WHY?
Sometimes spending time with family can trigger old negative memories that maybe haven’t been resolved or healed, typically our financial expenses increase with buying gifts for our loved ones and paying for those delicious holiday meals and traveling costs, we do not have enough hours in the day to attend all the holiday parties and activities, to mail out our annual Holiday cards, to wrap the gifts or go shopping (we always tend to need one more thing and are constantly rushing back to the over-crowded stores). This time of year can be so fun and fulfilling, but since we put so much pressure on ourselves and seem to lack healthy boundaries during this time, we become over-stressed, lack self-care, depressed, and run-down.
How can we possibly change this CRAZY cycle of Holiday stress??
It starts with YOU!
First, ask yourself what self-care activities have you let go by the wayside when this season started? Are you still getting in your daily meditation? Attending Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays? Getting in your daily workout? Eating healthy with a few cheat days? Spending time with your Tribe?
Don’t be afraid to say NO. Most of us have been trained to be people-pleasers, thus we are quick to say YES, even when we know we should say no. Don’t forget to set healthy boundaries even during the Holiday season because if you are not healthy, you will not enjoy the time you get to spend with your family and friends or enjoy the wonderful Holiday activities. Your true-authentic tribe will always understand when you say No and not take it personal or be judgmental and those are the people you want to surround yourself with. Let the rest go, and focus on keeping yourself healthy this season.
Be Present. When we have a huge To-do List, it is easy to leave the present moment and change to the “Get it done” mindset real quick! When we are not in the present moment, we are missing the bliss the moment has to offer us. When you are in the cashier line at the department store, remind yourself to be present, strike up a conversation with the stranger next to you, look around and send love to those in the store, set some intentions for your Holiday season and the New Year, and breathe in the peace.
You have the POWER, make a big CHANGE this holiday season and CREATE the season of bliss, peace and joy!!
Founder of Ascend Your Soul