This week we have a special guest blog written by my good friend and life coach Elizabeth. With the holidays approaching it can be a very stressful time with so much to do and not enough time. In this post Elizabeth will share some of her tips for having a fun and fulfilling holiday. If you are interested in some one on one time with Elizabeth, her contact information follows the article.
Holiday Stress Buster Tips
This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and the kick-off to our Holiday Season (although things won’t start to heat up for another month or so). The holidays are such a beautiful time. And, they can be a very challenging and stressful time. Ideally we spend lots of time with people we love, enjoying each other’s time and company. In reality, so many of us get caught up in worries over finances, stress in relationships, and being overscheduled. Things which can rob us of the joy of the season. If you’re reading this and nodding your head because that describes your life during this time of the year; and, if you want to do things differently this year so you come out of the other end, in January, feeling refreshed and connected, I will provide you a few ideas and tips that I hope can support you in doing so.
One of the most important thing in life in general, not just during the holidays, is to be grounded in why you are doing what you are doing. That is, to be clear in what’s important to you and why. When it comes to the holidays, because there is such a lot of expectation, tradition and excitement, it can be easy to get caught up in doing things that you don’t really want to do. This happens in all areas of life, especially our finances, our calendar and our relationships. And this is one of the reason why we can feel stressed out and unfulfilled.
We overspend because we don’t want our kids to be disappointed, or we see what other families are doing on social media and we feel guilty. We say yes to things because we don’t want to look bad or for anyone to be angry at us. We try so hard to impress that picky relative who always finds fault, or let others treat us poorly because we want to keep the peace. If any of this is striking a nerve, then getting clear on what you want to experience and why can serve you.
If you’re not clear on this I would suggest journaling about it, or talking it out with someone. Once you’re clear, it might be helpful to have it written down somewhere you can see it on a regular basis – on a post-it note by your computer or your bathroom mirror, for example. It’s important to revisit it weekly or even daily, especially as you get further into the holidays.
It can also be helpful to share this information with family, such as your spouse and children, or perhaps work together with them to create a family plan for what’s important. Getting everyone’s buy in will make things flow smoothly as well as providing some accountability and opportunities for delegation.
I hope what I’ve shared with you here will serve and support you in the upcoming months. It really can be the most wonderful time of the year as long as we know what we want and make the choices that reflect that! Please feel free to share in the comments what you are looking forward to experiencing this holiday season.
Elizabeth is a newly certified Creation Coach who is passionate about supporting others in creating a life they love! After spending many years feeling stuck and not seeing the possibilities for her own life, Elizabeth eventually turned things around and now lives a life of freedom, magic and JOY. She started Echo Joy Coaching after falling in love with the personal transformation process she experienced and now champions possibility in the world and lives of others. She currently lives in Calgary, AB with her husband and two daughters, and along with life coaching and being a mom and wife, she spends her time learning and volunteering in the community. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and her website where she shares daily about her own life experience, tips and tricks for living a life you love, and upcoming programs and opportunities to work with her.
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