How do you feel when you think about all the activities of the holidays? Are you taking calm, deep breaths or shallow, short breaths? Is your heart racing when you remember all the things you want to get done?
Sometimes your own high expectations rob you from enjoying yourself. Take a step back and consider your top priorities for the holidays.
Breathing Deeply Together
Families spend more time together at the holidays. How does the rhythm of your family change with your kids on a break from school?
Do you have time to slow down and catch your breath? Or is there additional tension that leads you to holding your breath as you navigate through? Are your family gatherings stressful due to taking on more than your share?
Mindfully deciding on how to spend your time and energy over the holidays can increase your joy. When you think of your own childhood what are your fondest holiday memories? What holiday traditions would you like your kids to remember when they are your age? Do your favorite memories include any of the following …?
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