What’s the first thing to come to mind when you think about the approaching holidays? Images of unwrapped gifts, daunting travel plans, overwhelming to-do lists and empty wallets plague your mind? We, especially as parents, have a set of unrealistic expectations about what things “should” look like this time of the year and this picture is overwhelming. Here are four ways to rock out this holiday season. Click each step if you wanna learn more.
Why you are really rocking 4 million twinkling lights in every crevice of your home when, perhaps, 2 million will honor the holiday spirit just fine? Why obsess about giving family 4.9 presents a piece when one or two more thoughtful gifts would be appreciated? (I know, the kids are a whole different story). Must you attend every holiday party in a 100 mile radius? Take a look at your holiday practices and LET GO of as many as you can. Trust me, you’ll feel the relief.
To the requests and demands of others. This is a popular coaching topic for my clients as it can be difficult to stand your ground on setting boundaries. Know what’s important for YOUR family and say no to the things that aren’t truly necessary. Focus on the reasons you are saying no while kicking those thoughts that trigger guilt to the curb.
You ‘re crazy-busy for the other ten months of the year. Now add onto the holiday to-do list and it’s obvious that doing “it all” is virtually impossible. Why is this? Because it is virtually impossible. For every parent. It’s okay (and healthy) to accept that we all have limitations.
When you can focus your holiday on what really matters to you, you get to bask in the warm, loving feelings the magical season exudes while drastically lessening the emotional toll. Ask yourself. What 3 things do you want to enjoy the most this holiday season? Focus on the NECESSARY things to make these a reality. Then ask yourself. What 3 things do you not want to be stressed about this year?
You have the power to make your family’s experience as magical (and relaxed) as you choose. Choose to be intentional this holiday season and see what’s possible!