The holidays are in full swing, which means you’re probably already groaning at the thought of “one more last-minute gift” and “yet another party.” This time of year is packed with parties, presents, and pretzel cookies, yet we rarely stop long enough to consider what it’s really all about, or enjoy every moment along the way.
If you find yourself gritting your teeth to “get through it all,” try instead our 3 tips for maximizing joy and minimizing stress during the most wonderful time of the year.
- Remind yourself of what’s truly important to you. Is it having the most fabulously wrapped gifts under your tree? Serving the tastiest brisket at your Hanukkah dinner? Scoring the most points with your children’s teachers? OR, is it spending time with loved ones? Enjoying takeout and a Hallmark movie in front of a fire, your cat on your lap? Making memories in the kitchen with your children? Notice, the latter values produce feelings of calm, whereas the former tend to produce anxiety. Your choice.
- Spend a little time alone. Take a solo drive to enjoy the holiday lights in your neighborhood. Sneak off to the gym when you “should” be checking items off your list. Get up a few minutes early and enjoy the quietness of your home. Little moments like these can do wonders to recharge your batteries, and remind you that there is always time to get important things done.
- Reevaluate your traditions. Some traditions bring a sense of order and familiarity, and that can be a good thing. But other traditions carry a sense of guilt and obligation, and based on life changes, no longer work for us. For example, when children grow up; when a relationship ends; when health challenges create physical limitations. Take a look at where you are today: is it time to let go of the old, in order to make room for the new?
Happy Holidays from Insights!