Holidays can be stressful.
Below are some ideas to help.
Before you know it, the mad dash is on: shopping, eating, RSVP’ing, decorating, traveling, hosting, cooking, and spending.
Tips to swap stress for mindful moments:
1. Visualize a peaceful season for all.
Take the time to think about what you want out of the season and the memories you wish to create. There’s no reason to concede to “the way it’s always been.”
2. Decide what you want to spend now.
Parties, attire, gift wrap supplies, baking ingredients, office donations, and extra groceries add up. By making a list of everything that typically costs you, you’re able to budget and save now.
3. Give with heart and meaning.
Although giving gifts has a way of enriching lives, don’t forget to include to give presents a lot of thought and meaning: If you spot the perfect gift for a loved early on, get it and sneak it away until the holidays.
4. Practice saying “No, thank you.”
No one expects you to say “yes” to everything; the sooner you get used to being selective about accepting (or politely declining) invitations, gift exchanges, or other holiday-related activity, the more empowered and at peace you’ll be.
5. Sharing your feelings.
Sharing your feelings with family and friends also helps them appreciate what’s really important to you. When people open up, great things happen: It brings people together.
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