Here’s the bottom line:
No one is going to take you by the hand and say, “Hey, you’re overdoing it. Take a break, will you?”
So, if you want to avoid keeling over from exhaustion, you need to add breaks to your day. Every day.
If in doubt, remember this: You are allowed to protect and hold sacred your precious personal time and energy.
Try these 6 tips if you’re too wrapped up in your holiday to-do list to relax.
1) Pay Attention to Your Body
If you’re thirsty, drink some water.
If you’re hungry, eat something nourishing.
If you’re tired, take time to rest.
2) Take Time to Breathe
Slowly breathe in peace.
Slowly breathe out chaos.
If you don’t know how to do that, just imagine that you’re breathing in peace and breathing out chaos. Repeat 3 times. Do as often as needed.
3) List Tasks You Must Do, in order of importance and urgency.
Do each task mindfully, giving it your entire attention until it’s finished. Focusing on one thing at a time reduces brain fatigue.
4) List Tasks You Can Delegate
Hand off those tasks to others, and hand them off completely. Avoid micromanaging your helpers.
Let them do things their way. The results may delight you.
5) List Tasks You’re Not Sure Are Necessary
Skip doing those tasks and see what happens this time. If anyone notices, smile and shrug – “Hey, I ran out of time. How about if you do it next year?”
6) Schedule Breaks
If you’re one of those people who only gets something done if it’s on your calendar – add breaks to your calendar, and take them.
Set a timer during your break so you don’t need to watch the clock. It will help you relax more fully in the time allotted.
Walk in nature.
Reconnect with the spirit of the season
In many faith traditions, this time of year celebrates the miracle of light coming forth during the darkest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Whether you honor that light as a person, an earthly event, or a happening in the heavens – that light dwells within you, as well.
If you look for that light, you will find it, because nothing can extinguish it. It is eternal and unchanging.
And so the light in me bows to the light in you. Blessed be.
I hope you find these tips helpful, my friend! If so, would you kindly share it with your friends? Thank you!
We’ll see you next week with some tips to help you avoid drowning in holiday debt.
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In the meantime, happy holidays to you and yours!