Yes it’s that time of year again, the season to be jolly. So why might you be starting to feel a creeping sense of anxiety and even a little bit of dread?
The truth is this time of year often finds most of us scrambling around trying to get everything done. Buying presents, wrapping up our work and making travel arrangements. By the time the holidays finally arrive, we’re usually so tired in our rush to relax we forgo all the small habits that make it possible to flourish during the year. Then before we know it the holidays are almost over and we’re starting to wonder just how we’ll get through the year ahead.
To be honest, it can be exhausting just thinking about it.
You see as our expectations rise and our routines are disrupted around this time of year, it’s easy to start spiraling down towards a place of overwhelm, tiredness and even a sense of helplessness.
So what are the small changes you can make to help you flourish during this holiday season? Try these wellbeing steps to to stay consistently jolly from now through the New Year:
1. Making time to feel good
Try to create moments of heartfelt positivity each day. Get out into nature, maintain your exercise (even if you’re slowing it down from your usual pace), make time to meditate (even five minutes of slow breathing before Christmas lunch can help), find reasons to laugh and listen to music you love.
2. Getting engaged each day
This is a great time of year to exercise your strengths – those things you’re good at and enjoy doing. Spend at least 11 minutes each day over the holidays developing one of your strengths – like creativity, curiosity, kindness, hope or humor – to feel immersed in life and improve your sense of confidence, energy and wellbeing.
3. Letting yourself truly be connected with others
Be it family, friends or strangers this is a time of year when we yearn to feel respected, valued and appreciated. To know that we matter and are worthy of love. Take the time to practice kindness and express your gratitude towards others. It’s the best gift you can give.
4. Tuning into what gives you meaning and living purposefully
Don’t just tick the days off your calendar, make each day count by having a clear “want-to” goal about what you hope this holiday season will be. It might be: “Making time to slow down and connect with the people you love”; “Reaching out to others less fortunate then yourself”; “Restoring your energy and renewing your focus so you can flourish in the year ahead”. You won’t get these days again, so how can you live this time purposefully?
5. Keep growing so you can prepare yourself for the year ahead
The holidays are a wonderful time to challenge the mindsets that might be holding you back. As you think about the new-year and all you want to achieve, try to focus on the efforts you want to be making and not just the outcomes you want to reach. This way you’ll have the grit to be able to show up, shine and succeed.
By Michelle McQuaid
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