By Jenny Gwinn McGlothern – Mama Needs A Refill
It’s time to manage your holiday stress like a pro.
Before the turkey even got gobbled all up the media was screaming at us about BLACK FRIDAY. Deals, deals, and more deals. Christmas is around the corner, Hanukkah is around the other corner and I am guessing your blood pressure is on the rise. It’s time to manage your holiday stress like a pro.
Good God people, we know the drill. The holiday season usually means we wish it is over before it is even here. What if this year we did something different and we actually savored the season and instead of stressing out? We take advantage of the whole meaning of it all and enjoyed it? Crazy, I know
Some simple ways to creatively BE in the spirit of the season.
So let’s be crazy. Here are some simple ways to creatively BE in the spirit of the season and not get all wigged out:
Self-Care. Create a sacred spot in your day to take a breath and simply be.
Whether it’s the first thing when you wake up or right before you pick up the kids. Schedule sacred time for you. Pick up a book for fifteen minutes, listen to music, go for a walk, eat a yummy treat and sip your coffee while it is still hot. Do something YOU LOVE, JUST FOR YOU. Daily. No arguments. Shut the F up and do it already.
Honor. The present moment is a gift. Honor it by being present to it.
Instead of standing in line for Santa pictures while planning your menu, looking at your phone or making your shopping list, be with those standing next to you. Don’t wish the long line away, engage in conversation, laugh, sing, dance. Get out of your head planning the next thing, honor the thing you are doing by being completely present to it.
Intention. Start with an intention for the holidays: To be calm, to laugh, to be present, to buy less, to surrender perfection, etc.
Toss old stories about the holidays that left you stressed, sad, angry or frustrated. The past is over. Imagine a holiday season filled with peaceful memories. Remember, Less is More.
Tradition. When it comes to traditions, participate in the ones that feed your soul, not drain it.
Take a year off from the one that drives you nuts and create a new one. Don’t do it just because you have always done it. You might not be the only one in the family relieved for a break in tradition.
This year is for keeping your shit together.
When we ignore our needs, are not present to those in front of us, do things out of routine instead of for the love and joy of it…EVERYBODY feels it. Breathe deeply and watch the shitty parts of the season, stress included, disappear. And tell yourself “if it doesn’t get done, there is always next year.” This year is for keeping your shit together. Because when Mama keeps her shit together, everyone feels it and is blessed for it.
Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, founder and owner of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, is a Certified Transformational MasterLife Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. She is currently taking on new clients and has space for you at her next mini-retreat. You can find her on FaceBook, or visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com.