How to Super-Size Your Stress Over the Holidays

You may be making your holiday stress worse, without realizing it. Watch this to find out how to ease up on yourself.

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6 Ways to Sidestep Holiday Fatigue

If the holidays drain your energy, check out these tips.

Hi there!

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.

Body by-mari-lezhava-2656471) 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.

Writing by-cathryn-lavery-678523) 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?”

Yoga by-emily-sea-1986896) 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.

Nap.

Stretch.

Walk in nature.

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Bonus Tip

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.

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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!

Do the Holidays Make You Crazy?

“I have to do everything myself!”

“Every time I do something to help, you tell me I’m doing it wrong.”

“That’s because you are doing it wrong, you idiot – so, I have to do everything myself!”

It’s crazy …

The way a time of year that’s supposed to be all about light and love can so easily turn into a series of battles …

Battles inside of you, where you’re fighting exhaustion and frustration…

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And battles outside of you, where you’re fighting with loved ones, long lines everywhere, and holiday helpers who, frankly, are not helpful.

Holiday warmth and cheer get lost along the way.

Where’s the joy in that?

Stress about the holiday season can suck the light and love right out of it.

If you would like to feel less crazy and more peaceful, 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 – however hidden it appears to be

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We meet online, so you can join us from anywhere in the world.

If relieving holiday stress sounds good to you, click on this link to register for the free online healing circle on Tuesday December 5.

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.

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To get the most out of “Holiday Stress Relief Here and Now,” please take a moment to answer the questions on the registration form. Not a requirement – just a suggestion to enrich your experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, my dear friend. May the holidays bring all you desire – and more. You deserve it.

In the meantime, sending you love and light!

3 Tips for Surviving Your Family Gathering

If you dread spending time with your family over the holidays, check this out

We all know the holidays are supposed to be a time of warmth and laughter … of joyful gatherings with family and friends …

And I hope that’s true for you, my dear.

But what if the holidays are not joyful for you?
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What if your past experiences of the holidays make you feel anxious about seeing your family this time of year?

Like any sane person, you dread the prospect of spending time with dreadful people who happen to be related to you.

Look, it would be kind of weird if you enjoyed being tortured in the name of holiday cheer.

Here’s the thing

You can’t do anything about the way your family members behave, short of calling the cops and having them hauled off to jail.

What you can do is change the way you think about your family members, so you can enjoy the enjoyable folks without letting the others spoil your fun.

Changing your mind about your family can be hard to do on your own …

So here are some tips to help you get started.

Do You Expect Your Loved Ones to be Different This Time?

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Do This Instead

  1. Stop judging folks who behave the way they want – instead of the way you want. Respect the right of others to be exactly as they are, even if you think they could stand some improvement.
  2. Ask yourself, “What would happen if, just for today, I accept everyone for who they are?”
  3. Approach each person with an open mind and an open heart. You will feel better, and so will they

Do You Allow Bullies to Back You into a Corner?

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Do This Instead

  1. Prepare to flee as soon as you feel attacked, verbally or physically. Forget hoping the bully will back off. Bullies don’t work that way.
  2. Excuse yourself, saying, “Got to go. I need to make a phone call.” Or whatever. Just get out of there. You do not have to put up with this behavior.
  3. Stay under the radar of the bully. Leave if you must. A party is not the time or place for a showdown. Save it for another time.

Do You Make Being Right Your Top Priority?

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Do This Instead

  1. Respect the opinions of others, however misguided they seem to you.
  2. Ask yourself, “Would I rather fight, or enjoy this time with my loved ones?”
  3. Say, “Let’s agree to disagree. Truce? Can I get you a drink, or something to eat?” Bring them what they want. Enjoy your time together.

I hope you found these tips useful, my friend.

Please know: If you feel like you would be happier, or safer, by staying away from your family, it’s okay to make other plans.

You have the right to protect yourself, whatever your relatives may have told you.

You are officially authorized now to enjoy your holidays any way you wish.

Wishing you a season of light, laughter and love.

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I am thankful for YOU!

Get More Help Surviving the Holidays at www.AbundanceHealingCircle.com

If you’re stressed about seeing your family for the holidays …

You are not alone in your anxiety

Find help and healing here.

Wishing you a joyful holiday season!

How to Have a Terrible Time at a Family Gathering

Check this out if you want a more joyful get-together with your family

How to Have a Terrible Time at a Family Gathering

Find more help surviving the holidays here.

Wishing you a hugely joyful holiday season. You deserve it!

How to Feel Worthy of Abundance 5

If you feel you have to prove your worthiness before you can have love, money, or success – check this out.

Here’s another tip on how to allow Abundance into your life.

If you’re one of the millions of people who believe you have to prove your worthiness before you can have love, money, or success – this tip is for you.

Here’s the deal:

Your ego-mind is the part of you that insists you have to prove your worth before you can have Abundance.

That also happens to be the part of you that will never recognize your worth, whatever you may achieve.

Why is that?

Your ego-mind believes that if you realize you already deserve good things, exactly as you are right now, the ego-mind will lose its ability to dominate you through fear.

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Would it be so terrible if you stopped using fear as a motivator?

What if you could be motivated by love to walk toward the deepest desires of your heart?

Maybe today is a good day for you to know your worthiness can never be proved or disproved, validated or invalidated. It can only be revealed.

How about we do this together?

 

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Put one hand over your heart and one hand on your belly.

Close your eyes …

And take in a deep breath as you say, “I am One with Goodness …”

And let out a deep breath as you say, “And Goodness is One with Me.”

Let’s do this twice more.

Your unconscious mind needs to hear something three times to believe it.

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Again, deep breath in … “I am One with Goodness …”

Deep breath out, “And Goodness is One with Me.”

Once more …

Deep breath in … “I am One with Goodness …”

Deep breath out, “And Goodness is One with Me.”

Good! Notice how you feel. Great job!

If you would like to experience more healing, check out the upcoming Abundance Healing Circle at www.AbundanceHealingCircle.com

It’s an online gathering, so you can join us from anywhere in the world.  I’d love to see you there!

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