You may be making your holiday stress worse, without realizing it. Watch this to find out how to ease up on yourself.
If the holidays drain your energy, check out these tips.
Here’s the bottom line:
No one is going to take you by the hand and say, “Hey, you’re overdoing it. Take a break, will you?”
So, if you want to avoid keeling over from exhaustion, you need to add breaks to your day. Every day.
If in doubt, remember this: You are allowed to protect and hold sacred your precious personal time and energy.
Try these 6 tips if you’re too wrapped up in your holiday to-do list to relax.
1) Pay Attention to Your Body
If you’re thirsty, drink some water.
If you’re hungry, eat something nourishing.
If you’re tired, take time to rest.
2) Take Time to Breathe
Slowly breathe in peace.
Slowly breathe out chaos.
If you don’t know how to do that, just imagine that you’re breathing in peace and breathing out chaos. Repeat 3 times. Do as often as needed.
3) List Tasks You Must Do, in order of importance and urgency.
Do each task mindfully, giving it your entire attention until it’s finished. Focusing on one thing at a time reduces brain fatigue.
4) List Tasks You Can Delegate
Hand off those tasks to others, and hand them off completely. Avoid micromanaging your helpers.
Let them do things their way. The results may delight you.
5) List Tasks You’re Not Sure Are Necessary
Skip doing those tasks and see what happens this time. If anyone notices, smile and shrug – “Hey, I ran out of time. How about if you do it next year?”
6) Schedule Breaks
If you’re one of those people who only gets something done if it’s on your calendar – add breaks to your calendar, and take them.
Set a timer during your break so you don’t need to watch the clock. It will help you relax more fully in the time allotted.
Walk in nature.
Reconnect with the spirit of the season
In many faith traditions, this time of year celebrates the miracle of light coming forth during the darkest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Whether you honor that light as a person, an earthly event, or a happening in the heavens – that light dwells within you, as well.
If you look for that light, you will find it, because nothing can extinguish it. It is eternal and unchanging.
And so the light in me bows to the light in you. Blessed be.
I hope you find these tips helpful, my friend! If so, would you kindly share it with your friends? Thank you!
We’ll see you next week with some tips to help you avoid drowning in holiday debt.
Get more help surviving the holidays at www.AbundanceHealingCircle.com
In the meantime, happy holidays to you and yours!
If the holidays get you down, check this out.
“I’m exhausted, and I still have a million things to do!”
“How can I enjoy the holidays when my loved one is gone?”
“I can’t afford to get anything for anyone.”
That the holidays are supposed to be joyful, when they can create so much misery.
Who can blame you for dreading the holiday season, with the bustling crowds, sky-high expectations and mountains of debt they can generate?
The holidays could be a wonderful time of the year, if they didn’t loom in your mind as a test you believe you will fail.
Where is the joy in that?
Stress about the holiday season can suck the joy right out of it.
If you would like to change that, come and join “Holiday Stress Relief Here and Now.”
This free healing circle has been created to help you gently release painful memories of past holidays and ease anxiety about upcoming festivities.
In this 30-minute guided meditation, we will:
- Unwind the tension you’ve been holding in your body, so you can feel re-energized
- Ease the emotional pressure you have placed on yourself, so you can feel more peaceful AND get more done
- Guide you to easily and naturally connect with the joy within you – even if you don’t think it’s there
We meet online, so you can join us from anywhere in the world … and I hope you do.
If this sounds good to you, click on the link to register for this free online healing circle.
If you can’t make the live call, go ahead and register anyway so you can get a link to the limited-time replay … AND …
Holiday bonus: If you sign up for the healing circle, you will receive a handy-dandy printable “Holiday Stress Relief” cheat sheet to help you survive the holidays with ease and grace.
If you have already registered for this free call – thank you! How about sharing the magic by sharing this invitation to your friends?
Thank you for taking the time to read this, my dear. May the holidays bring all you desire – and more. You deserve it.
What is your wish for the holidays? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. Thanks!
Out-of-control emotions make a difficult experience 10 times harder.
This public service video offers emotional support to those who are facing a natural disaster and its aftermath.
If you or someone you know could use some help handling natural feelings of fear, grief, loss, anger, or sadness, please watch and share this video.
It’s meant to help those in distress to calm down and carry on.
Thank you. Blessed be.
Release weight AND shame? Sign me up!
“The Invisible Fitness Formula: 5 Secrets to Release Weight & End Body Shame” by JJ Flizanes
To further support you in letting go of the unwanted to make room for what you do want, I suggest checking out this just-released book by JJ Flizanes.
In it, you will discover much more than a program for releasing excess weight.
Because of JJ’s holistic approach to fitness, she guides you to comfortably let go of the underlying issues that created the excess weight to begin with; like shame, blame, and unforgiveness. Setting aside these burdens on your heart and mind creates the space for joy, freedom, love and abundance of every kind to show up in your life.
I have worked with trainers of many kinds over the years, but I will never forget my first training with JJ.
She astonished me with the depth of her scientific knowledge; her ability to get to the heart of the matters I wanted to focus on; and the infinite tenderness and respect with which she treated me. I rarely felt so clearly seen, heard, listened to and understood as I did – and do – with JJ.
In reading her book, I feel embraced once again by her deep humanity, caring and knowledge. I pray that you, the reader, will experience this, too.
This is one of those magical books that Illuminate your understanding of yourself and why you’ve done what you’ve done – and gently guides you toward making new choices that bring results far beyond what you had in mind when you picked up this book in the first place.
You will be delighted by who you become as you walk this path with JJ.
What book(s) have helped you to peacefully release something that was holding you back? Please leave a comment below – I’m always looking for recommendations!
Lately, I’ve been facing challenges like the passing of my parents, major surgeries and financial crisis … nothing worse than anyone else’s challenges, but they depleted me to the point where I could not be effective in the world.
Even with extensive inner work on my own and with other healers … exercise … supplements and vitamins galore … my stamina refused to return. I rarely left the house. Just looking at emails wore me out for the day.
Thanks to my wonderful doctor, we recently identified a major cause of this malaise; I’ve been struggling with adrenal exhaustion without knowing it – along with an estimated 80% of the world’s population, according to some studies.
My doctor recommended herbal adrenal supplements, since I’m not a candidate for hormonal replacement therapy (HRT). They have helped a great deal.
Further research guided me to the web site of Dr. Alan Christianson, a naturopathic doctor who takes a food-as-medicine approach to treating hormonal issues.
I’ve been following his diet as detailed in “The Adrenal Reset Diet” – and after just two weeks, I felt up to putting together this newsletter for you. I had to do it in baby steps over four days – but I’ve loved every minute of it!
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by fear or stress, you might consider taking Dr. Christianson’s Adrenal Crash Quiz to see if your symptoms match any of the three stages of adrenal distress.
You’ll find plenty of solutions and resources on the good doctor’s web site, too.
His suggestions are working for me. If you’re in a situation like mine, I hope they work for you, too.
What do you do to boost your energy? I’d love it if you’d leave a comment or suggestion!
Go well, my friend