Spiritual Sundays

No Stress Holidays

Dear Flyer,

We are already deep into the holiday season! No matter what you celebrate or how you celebrate it, we are ready to go and ready to end this year. Just 16 days away from a brand new century! And what we can recall to be the most stressful time of the year for most, here is a list for you to remind yourself to calm down.

How do we get a stress-free holiday? Easy, by taking it one day at a time, one task at a time and prioritizing what is more important. Let this list help you enjoy a no stress holiday!

Be grateful!

For us, being grateful is what it really is all about. Being thankful at all times. For the people you are surrounded by, for the people that wish you a happy holiday, for the things you have, for the joy in your heart, for everything. Focus on what is really important.

Life already comes with a lot of ifs, ands, buts and more. However if we just direct our energy to things we actually have (instead the ones that we don’t), our mental health improves. Talking about a list for a stress free holiday, make a list of all the things you are thankful for. You got this. Keep it in a place you are able to see every single day!

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Reasonable expectations!

This will definitely be needed! Keep this in mind. Because even though we get the best get away from us, even though we might have a united family or not, we also must know our reality. We are all about dreaming and doing. Nonetheless, the times we have talked about it, it comes more from within. In order words, we can only change ourselves and we can decide how we feel about our surroundings.

So, whoever is going to be sitting at your dinner time, one night, two night, three nights this holiday season, be reasonable on what to expect. Be sure to remember that life is unpredictable. And you just got to roll with the punches. Do whatever you need to do to keep yourself happy (and grateful) this holiday season. This includes taking it easy, even if you don’t have that picture perfect family moment.

Toxic be gone! All year long!

Okay, this one is a big one, specially an all year long one. This one refers to saying no to all those toxic relationships. All those that you really don’t want to deal with and those who you have to. If you have to deal with them, for whatever reason, be kind to yourself about it. Put yourself first too.

You really should put a barrier between those people who affect you negatively. It is your life, you choose how to live it. You are able to say no to people, no matter who they are. You need to be first on the list.

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Treat yourself!

In words of Parks and Rec, treat yo’self! Take time for yourself, be good and gentle to yourself. This time a year is hard for some, be sure that you are talking to yourself in kind and loving words. Be sure that you are able to get what you want done and be there for yourself.

After all, if you don’t take care of yourself first, how can you take care of others? And that is the honest truth. Please add some time this holiday season for yourself. Even if you miss out on some opportunities, it will just mean that you can be more present in the ones that you are participating in. Meditate, yoga, read, you do you, boo.

Be present

When this world is already filled with other’s people’s highlights and all sorts of best reels, we need to keep it real with ourselves. Be present with yourself. Be present at that moment. Be present and be real. This means disconnect, stay offline for a few days, the world will continue.

Sure, you can say you run a business or you need to keep the audience engaged, no matter who they are. Yet aren’t the people in front of you more important? The people that you are choosing to spend this holiday season with? Share these moments with? This is what it comes down to.

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So, whatever it is that you do this holiday season: Baking, video-gaming, playing in the snow, building a sandcastle, rocking out to tunes, watching movies, opening gifts on gifts, leave the phone behind. Say goodbye to those notifications and let the amazing times roll.

Overall this is the result:

You be you and choose your happiness.

Make a list of things you are grateful for.

Write down your daily mantra and be sure to keep in mind when times are hard.

Give yourself some love and treat yo’self this holiday season.

You are in control of your emotions and the outcome of whatever happens.

Smile, you are here reading this. You got a community of people who support you, willing to listen and a safe space for you to express yourself.

What else can you add to this stress free holiday list? Which one are you going to use the most?

The Always Believer

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