Despite the glimmering lights and the festive sights, the holiday season can be emotionally challenging. This time of year carries an anxious buzz in the air, and the collective sense of urgency can spin us into a frenzied state of disarray. However, with a little practice, we can align with the joyful spirit of the season, and skate into the New Year with the blessing of happiness.
The following tips will help you to find some inner peace during the celebratory chaos that happens during the year’s end.
Take a hint from nature and turn your lights out early. Just as the sun settles in for the night in the late afternoon, set your internal clock to follow suit. There is a reason the grass, bushes, and trees shut down this time of year; they are conserving vital energy. Perhaps it would benefit you to do the same thing.
Log out from your computer after the sun sets. Refrain from watching television past dark. Plan to go to bed a little earlier. The extra hour or so of rest and sleep is a surefire way to feel refreshed and inspired when the morning bell rings.
December is not just about stocking up on wrapping paper and standing in line at the Post Office, it is also a time to feel grateful for the passing year. Even if some things didn’t go as planned, reflecting upon whatever made you feel full of joy will give you hope for what’s to come. What you remember about the past will be carried with you into the New Year. Capture the good memories and let go of the not-so-good ones.
Take time to slow down long enough to hear the winter birds chirp. Notice the richness of the deep blue sky as the evening light fades. Feel the snow squeaking without protest under your boots on a sub-zero degree morning.
Paying attention to the subtleties of the season is a great way to get your mind off of the chaotic noise that captivates our culture during the busy holiday season. Take a pleasing look back on happy moments, and don’t feel guilty about turning in early. You owe it to yourself and others to eliminate stress and accentuate the true meaning of the season.