Take a big, deep, beautiful breath because the holidays will be here before you know it. For many, this time of year brings with it the joys—and challenges—of family gatherings, gift exchanges and other holiday festivities. With some extra planning and mindfulness, you can navigate the holidays with grace.
Your answers to the following quiz will help reveal opportunities to minimize stress and maximize joy for yourself this holiday season. You’re worth the effort!
True or False?
- I start planning for the holidays early so that I’m not running around like a maniac in November and December.
- When my family is making plans, I share my desires concerning where we go and what we do and collaborate respectfully.
- If my family and friends exchange gifts, I honor my finances and joyfully give what I can afford.
- I invest the energy necessary to I ensure that I eat healthy food that I enjoy every day.
- I only accept invitations when I genuinely have the energy to participate wholeheartedly. I say “no” firmly and graciously. I don’t feel guilty or succumb to pressure from others.
- I recognize the need for downtime and breaks, so I don’t fill my schedule to the brim with events, shopping and other holiday preparations.
- I value my important relationships and give them the time and energy they need and deserve. If this means that I go to fewer gatherings outside of my immediate circle, so be it.
- I don’t make myself miserable by obsessing over unpleasant situations and strained relationships. I find peace by relaxing into all that was, is and will be.
- In the lead-up to the holidays and during the holidays themselves, I do something I enjoy every day.
- At the holidays—and every day—I notice and express gratitude for all of the blessings in my life.
Author’s content adapted under license, © 2008 Claire Communications
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