Keep the Joy in your Jingle
The holidays are here with what seems an endless ‘to do’ list, followed by the New Year and the resolution madness. Does the mere mention of that send you spinning? Here is a strategy to ‘Keep the joy in your jingle’ and avoid the hurrying through the holidays.
What does hurrying through the holidays look like?
This is what happens if you don’t slow down…
-worry & stress
-rushing through tasks
-snapping at your loved ones
-poor slip & fatigue
If you’re doing this, you’re going to burn out quick. Make sure you’re keeping the joy in your jingle. Let’s take a breath here…and hit the reset button on your soul.
Here are some stress relieving ideas:
1. (Most importantly) Take time each day to be still. Even if you get up 10 minutes earlier in the morning and have a quiet cup of coffee before the rest of the house wakes up. Here’s the key- no social media, tv or music. Just be still for 10 minutes.
2. Learn to say ‘no, thank you’. Don’t let the world of pressure to do it all squeeze you into getting its way. Don’t buy into FOMO- fear of missing out. You’ll have buyer’s remorse.
3. Take time to plan your week/month ahead of time. Prioritize what tasks/events/gatherings are most important and add the extras after but only if “it feels good to do so”. If anything gives you that “ugh” feeling in the pit of your stomach, politely decline.
4. Write 1 thing down each day that went well or felt good to your soul. Take a moment to think about it and express gratitude for it.
5. Talk yourself off the proverbial wall. This can be harder and takes some discipline- but practicing positive self-talk when you start feeling stressed or fatigued really does help.