Six Ways to Find Peace During the Holidays

No doubt about it, this time of year can be tough.  The scheduling, pressure, functions, and expectations can be overwhelming.  Here are six self care tips to help you get through it all with a positive attitude and a peaceful heart!

Do something nice for someone who won’t be able to thank you. I’m partial to local toy drives at this time of year.  Just pick up an extra toy when you are shopping and drop it in a donation bin.  Don’t have that in your budget?  Buy a can of coffee the next time you shop for groceries and drop it in the food bank donation box.  It’s not a necessity item but who doesn’t love coffee on Christmas morning?  Have more to give?  Adopt a family through your local women’s shelter or elementary school, or call the food bank in your area and ask what else they need to fill the holiday hampers.  Find a cause you believe in and support it.  There are a million ways you can randomly help a stranger, and they all come with the bonus of helping you too.

Be a good friend.  It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and heads, especially at this time of year.  If you have good friends they are likely pretty understanding of the ebbs and flows of your time together.  But there are some times that it is really important that you show up whether it is convenient or not.  Be the friend someone needs even when it isn’t fun.

Speaking of friends, tell a good one how you are really feeling.  If you have been spending a lot of time with your thoughts and you just can’t seem to shake the funk reaching out can do wonders.  We all get overwhelmed.  Sometimes all you need to help let go of negativity is to talk it through with someone who loves you.

Start a journal.  Sometimes all you need to help let go of negativity is to talk it through with someone who loves you.

Do that thing you do.  You know the one that nearly always makes you feel amazing when it is finished?  Is it baking?  Crafting?  Singing?  Dancing?  Make it a priority more often.  Do it just because you love to do it, and you deserve to do things you love.  Do it because this time of year is stressful, and making time to unwind can be key to making it through with a smile on your face.

High Five a tiny person.  I stole this one from the Book of Awesome.  Touch is one of the first ways children learn to communicate and they rarely leave you hanging.  J My son loves high fives and fist bumps so much he may just blow you kisses too.

Of course this list is by no means exhaustive, and I would love to hear how you manage your holiday stress  below.  Thanks for reading!  xo Amber

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