I love this time of the year…the holidays and all that is part of it. But let’s face it, there are lots of elements of the season that cause stress: spending time with family, gift giving, entertaining, baking, money, a busy social schedule… (Did I mention family?) Setting intentions for your holidays can help manage the pressure.
- Take care of yourself. Whether its five minutes or five hours, make the time to do something that fills you up. Read a book…take a bath…have a glass of wine (or two)…stretch… get outside and breathe some air. Drink more water…eat some veggies… maybe pamper your skin with nourishing body lotion like Kiss My Face Vitamin A&E, Lavender Shea or Coconut. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so take care of yourself first.
- Practice gratitude. It’s so easy to be focused on the parts of our lives that are not going right; anxiety and worries can easily overshadow appreciation for what is positive and wonderful. There is no doubt we all have things to be grateful for- a warm blanket, a beautiful sunset, doggy kisses, friends who hold us in their hearts no matter what. Choose to notice and cherish the small ‘brown paper bag’ pleasures that are present every day. Choose to see yourself as lucky. Choose to laugh loud…and often.
- Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. (the Dalai Lama) Tap into the spirit of the holiday outside of the hustle and bustle… and spread some holiday cheer. Help your neighbor shovel their walk. Say hello to someone you don’t know. Volunteer…anywhere. Give some healthy body care products to someone; who wouldn’t love a mini aromatherapy session with Kiss My Face Anti-Stress Shower Gel? Or invigorating shower with early to rise Shower Gel to get things moving? Small kindnesses change everything. Just do it- be kind and brave. That’s all you ever need to be.
Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace. Choose peace.