It’s Time for a Holiday K.I.S.S.
Here in the western world life moves at a hurried pace, particularly during the holidays. Commercialism if left unchecked can easily overwhelm us and add to our pressures, draining all the joy from an otherwise delightful season. We try to do too much, causing simplicity and enjoyment to escape us. Swept up by the manufactured meaning of the holiday it is easy to adopt the ‘bah humbug’ approach and forget the true essence at our finger tips if we choose. The holidays can easily become a time when our expectations become too high and the perceived demands upon us too great, detouring us from the joys possible of love and connection. Life is war we make of it, after all.
I am one of those who love the holiday season. I treasure traditions, and I’m grateful for a time that inspires most people to remember to put first things first. But I haven’t always felt this way. I am a recovering ‘Scrooge’ who grew weary of the pressures of the season, eventually convincing myself that I didn’t like the holidays. However, I have since come to the realization that it was not the season’s celebrations I didn’t like, but the ‘hype’ that went along with it.
I turned to focus on that was at he heart of the holidays. I finally decided that I would not let Hallmark, Toys ‘R Us, or relentless T.V. commercials dictate whether or not I enjoyed the holidays. It was time to shake my depression, revise my skewed perspective, and take back the responsibility for creating my own meaning for myself, leaving others to their own interpretation. It was time to stop being a ‘victim’ and instead celebrate the season in a way that filled my spirit. I realized I could make the choice to ignore the media’s pressure to buy, buy, buy and instead love,m live and laugh.
To give new meaning to holidays I asked myself these questions, “What is important to me?” and “What are the ways I choose to celebrate that will generate meaning for me and the ones I love?” With small an
Here are a few ideas to minimize stress and insure holiday happiness:
K = Keep the Holidays Simple
Traditions and rituals are great, but too easily we get tempted to take on too much. Choose to keep it simple. Don’t overindulge. Know your limits and set boundaries. Only commit to doing what you can without resentment or regret. You don’t have to please anyone but yourself. When you can’t change the circumstances, change how you view them so that happiness can remain yours throughout the holidays. Do simple things like drawing names for sharing gifts to minimize the pressure to overextend financially. Choose as a family to gift a charity instead of buying expensive gifts. Make decisions that come from your heart rather than being dictated by what you feel you ‘should’ do. Reconnect with the simple gestures that have meaning for you.
I = Inspire Yourself
Don’t make it someone else’s responsibility to make you happy. The greatest gift you can give another is to take full accountability and responsibility for your own joy. Clarify and connect with your own values and live by them. Make a conscious decision to focus on all that is working instead of being. Are you really willing to let others rob you of a good time? Wear your Teflon raincoat when you are around people who rub you the wrong way. They are not worth your energy. Just let their bad mood or insensitive comments roll right off. After all, would you rather be right or happy? You get to decide.
S = Stand in the Shoes of Others
Rather than being, caught up in the ‘me, me, me’ and ‘immediate gratification’ temptations of the season, make the conscious choice to slow down enough to listen beyond the words that are spoken. Stand in the shoes of another with the intention to become more compassionate and a better listener. Give from your heart. Seize opportunities to serve and to offer random acts of kindness without demanding recognition. Even do so anonymously to practice giving without the need to receive in return. You may be surprised at how good it feels to know you have made a difference and to realize that the giving is the gift. Discover the joy in offering presents that are of little monetary value but are rich with thoughtfulness and consideration. They will be remembered for years to come and will create memories that will be shared over and over.
S = Savor Every Moment
Life is precious, unpredictable, and messy. And amidst all of this can hold great joy. We may think we have all the time in the world, but the truth is that we never really know for certain. NEWS FLASH…Now is the only moment you really have. Treasure it. Make is special. Make the most of it. Look for the deeper meaning, for this is what creates real value in your life. Don’t waste your energy being a ‘Scrooge.’ The one you hurt most when you go numb or become grumpy is yourself. In choosing to shut down, you shut out the possibilities for the joy that the season offers, you rob yourself of your own freedom, and you deny yourself the meaningful moments that can refuel your soul.
Simple Tips for Stressing Less During the Holidays
1. Plan ahead
3. Get Enough Sleep
4. Don’t Overindulge
5. Be Financially Realistic
6. Keep Life Simple
7. Enjoy the Journey, Not Just the Destination
The New is just around the corner. Savor and celebra
From the depth of my heart, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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