3 Steps to keep you from being Holidazed

3 Steps to keep you from being Holidazed

So the winter holidays are fast approaching. Invitations and announcements to different Thanksgiving and Christmas and Solstice and New Year’s parties are rolling in. Actually, I started noticing a few weeks before Halloween that my calendar was filling up and more events were popping up everyday.

Isn’t it kind of funny that during the fall and winter, the times when we would naturally be pulling inward, sleeping more, eating soups and curling up on the couch, is also the time where our culture gets busiest. During this time we have so many events and expectations. As a society we start running around and shopping and going to parties and getting all done up and decorating our house and on and on and on. It can be exhausting.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the decorations, the lights, the candles and the dressing up, but…..where is that line between enjoying the holiday festivities and it becoming a holidaze?
This line is invisible and it is different for everyone.

How do you find your line?

Here are 3 steps for making your holidays light and fun:

1. Spend some time, in advance of Thanksgiving, to ponder what you really want to get out of the season. What’s important to you? What do you want to feel during the season and when it is over? Notice how these feelings show up in your body, really try to experience them.

2. Narrow down these feelings into a few words or a sentence. Write this down and post it somewhere you can see as invitations come in, shopping lists are created and the hustle and bustle of life is happening.

3. As you start accepting invitations, taking on volunteer jobs at school or in the community, planning your shopping and gift lists, use this sentence to guide you. Use the body feelings you noticed from step one to guide you in your decisions.

Now you have a priority and guide through which all your decisions can be filtered.
There are lots of other tips that I could give you like- get enough sleep, cookies for school don’t have to be homemade unless you love to bake and have the time, drink lots of water, plan your shopping list early and spread it out over many weeks, AND that the time spent with your children doing special things can be the best present of all.