Prepare Your Heart and Mind For the Holidays and Reduce the Stress

There are so many events, tasks, and meals that need planning for the upcoming holidays. Planning now definitely helps, but don’t forget to also prepare your mind and spirit.

Many times we feel like we have to recreate something right out of a home magazine. That just isn’t realistic. We end up being so busy trying to make everything just right, we miss out on what is going on around us. There are so many “should do’s” and obligations floating around in our heads.

Here’s a great tip: You don’t HAVE to do it all! Make time for those things that are most important to you and your family and cut the rest out!

What if you could go into the holiday season with your heart, spirit, and mind with a new focus – one that wasn’t focused on the stress, to-do lists, and busyness? One that was focused on those things that are most important to you and your family. What would that look like to you? Ask yourself lots of questions and take time to write your thoughts down. What does my calm and spirit-focused holiday season look like? Get the family involved. Hold a family meeting before the Holidays start. What are their favorite activities, what activities can go? Are there new traditions you would like to try out? What are those things that cause you stress – can you cut those out and replace them?

Then, come up with ways to make it happen. These are your action steps. Write those down, too! They don’t have to be big ones. For example, “I will only put up those decorations that I really love”, “We will go to two holiday gatherings”, or “I will let go of perfection.”

The Holidays don’t have to be stressful. This year, take some time before the busy season to reflect on those things that are most important to you and your family. Keep those in mind as you are deciding what events, traditions, and commitments will receive you time and attention.

Paula Constable, professional organizer and speaker, works with families who want to make their daily lives easier through organization. As The Organizing Expert for Moms, Paula provides her organizing services via teleclasses.

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