3. Practice Acceptance.
Acceptance becomes a powerful tool in diffusing stressful situations or when you encounter unexpected challenges. Not everything will go as planned and that’s okay. Let go of the need for things to be perfect or the need to control situations. Be flexible. Be prepared to adapt your plans if things don’t go as expected. Embrace the imperfections; these may turn out to become cherished memories!
4. Make self-care a priority.
Amidst all the hustle and bustle, don’t let self-care slip away. Prioritise sleep and make time for activities that will help you to relax and recharge, whether it’s a quiet moment with a book, or a walk-in nature.
If you are someone who finds this time of year difficult, be gentle, generous, and patient with yourself. Recognise when you need to take a break or remove yourself from any stressful situation or social gathering. Even if it’s only for a moment to take a breath and get some fresh air. A walk can work wonders, it does for me!
Consider what you need, especially regarding boundaries. It’s okay to ask for help; it’s okay to say no. Prioritise what’s best for you, perhaps there’s something you can let go of to ease the pressure. Give yourself permission to take an emotional time if you need it. Remember, your needs are important too.
5. Create meaningful traditions.
Traditions are the heart and soul of the festive season. They provide a sense of continuity, comfort, and belonging, and they help to create lasting memories. I still remember being with my Nana, posting my letter to Santa Claus.
Since I’ve been living here in Catalonia I’ve made friends with people from different parts of the world, all who have their own way of celebrating this special time. It’s so nice to learn about different traditions, some a little wackier than others! I’ve embraced Tió de Nadal, the importance of the Kings on January 6th, the festive food, while still ensuring there’s plenty of roast potatoes on our table!
Remember, you don’t have to follow the crowd; how nice it is to create your own meaningful and sustainable traditions! The best traditions are those that everyone can participate in; adapt this holiday time to meet your needs.
I hope these tips help you to navigate the festive season with balance and peace. Remember to be kind to yourself and others, approach the season mindfully embracing acceptance, express gratitude and remember why it you want to spend time with your loved ones.
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