With the holiday season approaching, it can be extremely beneficial, both physically and emotionally to know how to navigate through the holidays peacefully.
Here are some useful tips to get you through the family gatherings, office parties and other social engagements that may already have you stressed, anxious and expecting the worst.
Use these tips as a means to calmly and harmoniously communicate with those who may be somewhat challenging to you and who may be also facing personal challenges of their own at this time. These tips can also assist you to stay emotionally grounded and more physically fit during this busy, event-filled time of the year.
The choice is always yours; however, may we suggest choosing to have a peaceful holiday season? So, here are our tips:
1. Practice patience with others and yourself. People put a lot of stuff on their emotional plate this time of year. Sometimes, too much. Know that the holiday season can bring out both the best and worst in people. For that reason, practice patience as often as you can.
2. Practice generosity. Generosity goes beyond gift-giving. True generosity is about extending love for others, as well as for yourself. Be generous with your love and you will never be alone during any time of the year.
3. Give up the perfectionism. Always remember this: people will not remember the ‘things’ that you gave them for the holidays. However, they will always remember the experiences. How do you want to be remembered? Do you want to be remembered for giving the perfect gift, holiday dinner or holiday card even if it meant you are stressed, agitated and overloaded? Or do you want people to remember you for how joyful you made the holidays, or even how joyful you were.
4. Let people know how much you care. During this time of year especially, there may be those nearby that may require extra support, assistance or guidance. Give it to them!
5. Focus on responding rather than reacting to what people say or do. Rather than reacting and being defensive, make an honest attempt to respond to what people say or do. Take a deep breath. Count to three. Smile. The result will be a calmer you.
6. Practice being an example of peace. This time of year brings a tendency to emphasize peace, joy and good-will. To be all this, and more, commit to being non-judgmental and minding your own business. Don’t spread the drama and don’t look for occasions to be offended. The choice is yours: a peaceful holiday season or a Mr. Grinch alternative.
7. Take time for yourself and decompress. The holidays are a time for family, friends and joy. Remember to add a little joy to YOUR day. Attempt to keep your regular schedule of eating and sleeping as much as possible. Don’t try to get it all done (whatever ‘it’ is.) Understand, too, that it is okay to say ‘no’. You don’t have to attend every event and do everything. And when needed, ask for help!
May you and yours experience a truly joyous and peaceful holiday season! Start off 2015 with a positive note! For more tips go to 365 Daily Tips!
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