How to Keep Your Cool During the Holidays

Holiday stress getting you down?

 

Many times holidays can trigger emotions, irritations, and frustrations, especially when it comes to family.

 

We are so used to living our daily lives and then we suddenly get together with mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, distant relatives you name it, and our world gets jostled a bit.

 

We love our family, but let's face it...when we are sitting at the table eating Christmas dinner and Aunt Sally starts talking about her hip pain again, all we want to do is reach for that lovely looking bottle of wine!

 

With the holidays less than a month away, it can be beneficial to start preparing ourselves for the holiday crazy ahead of time.

 

How can we keep holiday stress to a minimum?

 

Here are my two key ways to keep your sanity this season:

 

1)    Stay true to yourself.

 

Staying true to yourself means that no matter what is going on around you, you stay in your knowing that the other stuff (even Aunt Sally's hip problem) isn't any of your business.

 

You can chat, listen and visit without letting anybody else's junk get into your energy field. Don't take on what's not yours...it's not your business, and it's so not worth it!

 

A great way to do this is to do a grounding meditation before the festivities begin. Simply sit with your feet flat on the floor, spine straight, legs and arms uncrossed, hands face up on your lap. Breathe. Imagine that you are a tree. Imagine your roots growing from your feet deep down into the earth. Then imagine the earth energy coming back up through your feet and all the way up through the top of your head. Now you are grounded, and your energy is protected. You can do this as many times throughout the day as you feel necessary.

 

2) Make everything you do light, fun and in the moment.

 

What do I mean? I mean exactly that! Keep it light. Don't take anything too seriously. Laugh. Enjoy the moment because when, truly, will you get to see all your family at once again? Maybe next week, maybe next month, but for some not till the next year or even many years.

 

When you start to feel triggered, just stop for a moment, take a deep breath, relax your shoulders and open your heart. Allow the resistance to pass through you and remember (as mentioned above), whatever is bothering you is none of your business. What mom said to Uncle John in the kitchen? That’s their business, not yours.

 

Try not to think too hard about this process. Just have fun, and whatever it is you’re thinking about let it go, just for the moment. Enjoy, and make it a blast. You might as well. After all, it’s supposed to be a party :) 

 

Questions? Email me at: andrea@lloveraholistic.com