I was recently in a conversation where a colleague was inquiring on suggestions to “survive” the holidays. Being on my own and traveling over the last couple of years, I am glad not having to participate in the whole frenzy of gift shopping. However, I do notice that my friends and others around me seem exhausted and in a “when will this be over” attitude, while traffic and impatience are prevalent wherever I go.
So, whether you are on your own and are in complete control of the holiday events or whether you run around until the last minute to catch up with everything, here are a few tips I have found may ease the stress and help you actually enjoy the beautiful moments of these holy-days:
- Make a list of what you have to buy for gifts, food, etc and stick to it
- Arrange or group your shopping according to geographic location
- Try to do what you need to do during the week and not during the weekend
- Schedule time to pamper yourself, i.e. a massage, half day at a spa, relaxing lunch with a friend before the actual holidays
- Pause to breathe and re-group when you feel overwhelmed
- Practice honoring your boundaries and saying no
- Take some time daily to be on your own and in silence, even ten minutes will do!
Holidays provide the best ground for personal growth as our buttons tend to get pushed from multiple sources. Practice staying centered this Holiday season, true to what you want for yourself and your loved ones, and do your best to relax and take care of yourself above all!
About the author: Liliane Mavridara is a published author, poet, writing mentor and creative groupwork facilitator who supports entrepreneurs in the healing and creative arts to have a successful business and a harmonious lifestyle while making a big difference, www.livebrightlythebook.com.