Well, it's officially the start of the holiday season, though some intrepid retailers had Christmas decorations for sale a few weeks ago. Geez.
So, after you've taken the family out for some good ol' fashioned trick or treating, wiped off the last of the glitter and makeup and brewed a cup of tea, join me for a few tricks to make your holidays a treat.
1. Gratitude: I'd say 96% of our holiday stress actually comes from being abundantly blessed. #firstworldproblems We are so blessed and so wealthy. Wrapping my head around how stinkin' lucky I am has made all the difference in my personal stress levels at both the holidays and beyond. Is there a way to reframe something about the holidays that usually stresses you out? Maybe the thought of relatives staying the night has you on edge, but there's only a finite number of years they will be doing that. Learning to appreciate the experience can make all the difference. Maybe you're afraid of the effects of the season on your waistline, but realizing what a blessing of abundance it is to have too much food might be enough to make you take a breath and enjoy it. Just take a moment to take a deep breath, and be thankful.Read More