If Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year then why do so many people –- myself included, feel overwhelmed and drained?
Balancing all the things you need to do for the holidays, on top of all the things you normally do, can do that to you. Here are 3 tips that will help give you peace, positivity and make your holidays a little brighter.
- Be Flexible
So you didn’t have time to make the Christmas cookies for your friend’s party and had to buy them instead. Cut yourself some slack. The only one who will notice IS YOU. Things happen and plans change. Be flexible with others and yourself. By being less rigid and lowering your expectations, you’ll feel less stressed and preserve your energy for the things you need to get done.
- Get Your Sleep
Getting enough sleep dramatically reduces stress levels. If you normally struggle with getting the proper amount of sleep, the demands of the holiday season can set you back even more. Try to stick to your normal sleep routine — and if that’s not possible, squeeze in an afternoon nap. 20 to 30 minutes is all you need to recharge your battery.
- Express Gratitude
Still looking for the perfect gift for your friends and family? Look no further. The one I have in mind doesn’t cost a thing and you won’t even have to wrap it.
Meister Eckhart, a 13 century German philosopher and mystic wrote: “If the only prayer you said in your whole life is ‘thank you’ that would suffice.”
The hustle and bustle of the holidays makes it’s easy to forget the true meaning and spirit of this special time of year: Giving thanks and expressing gratitude for your friends, family and co-workers is what this magical season is all about.
Gratitude makes a great Christmas gift.
Letting the people in your life know that they’re appreciated and reflecting on your own gifts will help you feel less stressed and more blessed.
Ignite the spirit of gratitude this Christmas by thanking all the people who’ve touched your life this year.
Now it’s your turn.
What are you grateful for this holiday season? I can’t wait to read your comments in the space below.
Remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!