By Moira Hutchison, Consciously Creating Calmness Intuitive Coach & Meditation Teacher
and QiGong Instructor
The holidays can be a challenging time for some. You may have concerns about your physical well-being, family members, finances, and all kinds of other things. The good news is that, even with all these concerns, you can keep your mental well-being strong and vibrant during the holidays.
You can have great joy during the busiest of times with some positive choices. Joy comes from within, and taking control of your life brings you both confidence and joy.
During the holiday season, however, it can seem like your life gets out of control very easily. There is always so much to do, and people are generally a wee bit more demanding of your time and energy.
Implement these steps to protect and preserve your mental well-being during the holiday season and beyond:
- Remember the value of quiet time. One of the biggest stressors you may have to deal with when the holidays are in full swing is the lack of personal time. It is easy to get wrapped up in everyone else’s needs and drama and not take any time for yourself. Take time for yourself so you have the energy to share with others.
- Take a few minutes each day to unwind and relax. You will be happier and more interested in doing things with others.
- Find time to pursue your inner peace. You can contemplate, meditate, visualize, exercise, or just sit and watch some television or read a book. No matter what you do in your downtime, remember that having that time is essential.
The Busy Holiday Season is Only Temporary
The holidays require more of your time and effort, but the season will soon pass. Keep your head up when you are doing all the extra things you must do. Those extras will only be required for a few weeks. Things will be back to normal, and your life’s balance will be more easily restored.
If you are having trouble coping with the holiday season, do the things you would normally do when the holidays are over. That way, you will feel more focused, and your routine will be more familiar to you.
For example, you could consider:
- Exercising each day to stay fit and work off accumulated stress.
- Keeping your house clean, so you have less to do after the holidays are over.
- Eating well provides your body with the fuel it needs for energy.
- Planning something special so you can relax after the holidays are over.
There are many ways you can keep your mental well-being strong. You could even say affirmations to yourself each day to help maintain a positive attitude. You may feel silly at first, but you will soon see the benefits of incorporating positive thinking into your daily routine. Take a few minutes each morning when you get up and before you go to bed to compliment yourself.
Here are some example affirmations:
- I am powerful and loving, and I have nothing to fear.
- I trust in the process of life.
- All is well and I am safe.
- I trust in the power of love to heal and guide me in all ways.
Your mental well-being and strength is very important to you and the people who rely upon you. Because of that, you must keep yourself fresh and energized during the holidays. Focusing on what matters to you and paying attention to what is important go a long way toward keeping you mentally resilient and feeling calm.