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Making the Most of the Holidays

December 7, 2007 by  
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Making the Most of the Holidays

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I’m heading to the Detroit area (brrrrr) to spend time with family and friends and to teach a Reiki and meditation class in the new year. This month my article focuses on making the most of the holidays while minimizing the stress this season can bring.

The holidays can be a tricky time bringing a mix of enjoyment, overwhelm and loneliness. It’s a time when we can appreciate those that we love and all the good things in our lives. And yet it is also a time when we may wish our lives were different (wishing that we had a significant other to share it with, that we weren’t experiencing loss or relationship or family difficulties, that we weren’t limited financially, etc). Just know that you are not alone and that many others find the holidays to be challenging, too.

So here are some ideas for de-stressing the holidays and for finding more enjoyment this season:

  • Focus on what you do like about the holidays (the beautiful lights, seeing friends, traveling, giving to others, staying in town, having time off, seeing family, hearing your favorite songs, holiday treats, etc.).
  • Shift your attention from what isn’t working in your life to what you do like about your life.
  • Be easy on yourself and others. Don’t expect to be perfectly happy and filled with holiday cheer if you’re not.
  • Let go of having to find the perfect gift or of having to get any or all of your cards out.
  • If certain situations bring you down, then why not find something better to do. Allow yourself to say ‘yes’ ‘maybe’ or ‘no’ to invitations and also allow yourself to change your mind.
  • Limit your spending. It really isn’t about giving the perfect gift or about what you spend.
  • Reserve some energy for things you really want to do. Luxuriate in whatever way suits you (reading a book, watching movies, attending yoga classes, getting a massage, hanging with friends, talking on the phone, or not talking, etc.).
  • Realize, that you are not alone. Many people feel just like you do and welcome life getting back to normal.

When we release our heightened expectations around the holidays we lighten up and can find ourselves enjoying the small and the great gifts of the season.

Wishing you, your loved ones and your families a peaceful holiday season filled with love and possibility.


Quote of the month:   “Today as we step out of ourselves, and rest in each other’s company, in this marvelous universe, let us be grateful, profoundly grateful, that we met, that we exchanged e-mails, or smiles or embraces. That we acknowledged in humility, each other’s extraordinary presence. ” Deepak Chopra

Lisa Guyman, December 2007

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