Ahh, the December holidays are here again, and there’s much to be thankful for. Perhaps you will have some vacation time, or the opportunity to be surrounded by family and friends, or maybe just the chance to slow down for a little while.
And sometimes… Sometimes the holidays get a little stressful.
Shopping, cooking, managing various personalities at gatherings, work, traffic – not a relaxed aah.., but a crazed AHH!
What to do?
Actually, there’s plenty you can do. It starts and ends with balance. Here are some tips that may be helpful:
- be sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night
- try to get a little extra done each day, whether at work or shopping, so you’re not rushed
- create space for quiet time every day, maybe 10-15 minutes, when you can think about the meaning of the season and prepare yourself – body, mind and spirit – for an important time of reflection and gratitude
- give – you’re likely already used to giving, but give just a little bit more, even if you’re personally being challenged in some way. We better ourselves when we take the opportunity to help those less fortunate, and help create a better world by doing so.
- limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol
Whatever your perspective, it’s a glorious time of year – a time for peace, for reflection, for gratitude, for giving, and for being good to yourself.
Have a joyous holiday season. And be well.
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