Are you feeling overwhelmed or caught in your head thinking of all the things you need to do? And like there isn’t enough time to get it all done? The past few weeks I have definitely been feeling a dose of the Holiday rush and now that Christmas is only a few days away I am starting to feel the pressure cooker starting to get a little hotter. Today I want to share with you some things that can help you shift your energy from feeling overwhelmed, alone, or depleted to feeling supported and blessed this Christmas.
1. Get Grounded
Grounding is a practice of connecting back to the earth and also connecting back to oneself. This is so important especially when we have a lot going on in our lives and in the world around us. There are different ways to “get grounded”. You can do this by physically going outside and walking bare foot or sitting outside on the ground or next to a big tree. If you do this you may actually notice that your body and mind feel different. Calmer/ more relaxed. When we ground or connect back to the earth, it actually slows down our nervous system. It helps bring us out of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) to the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Other ways to ground are journaling, practicing yoga, exercising, or meditating. I encourage you to take 10-15 minutes each day and practice some type of grounding.
2. Be Aware:
In my opinion awareness is one of the most powerful tools. It is the foundation of growth, change, and transformation. It is really important to be aware of your thoughts, emotions, and your physical body. There is so much emotional and mental stress that happens during the holiday season… what to buy people, money, visiting family/ friends, and on top of that not wanting to gain weight!
Journaling is one of my favorite ways to strengthen my awareness. It is so easy to get in the habit of doing things unconsciously and it isn’t until we write it down and notice our patterns that we realize how frequently we do it, think it, or feel it. Below are some questions that you can ask yourself and journal. I recommend taking at least 5-10 minutes to journal at least a couple times a week.
Notice where your mind is. What thoughts are continuously flowing through your head?
How are you feeling? Are you feeling energized? Tired? Overwhelmed? Vulnerable?
Why are you feeling this? Have you been over giving of yourself (doing too much for others)? Are you being hard on yourself and self-critical?
Have you had time for yourself or to practice self-care?
Once you notice how you are feeling and where you are focusing your energy, you can then decide if there is something you need to change or work on.
3. RECEIVE and Give Thanks
Over the next couple of weeks make it a point to RECEIVE all the love, gifts, and support that is given to you. Most of us have been taught from an early age the value of giving, but we are not taught the importance and value of receiving. Receiving is the door way to abundance, possibility, expansion, and love. When we learn how to receive we open ourselves up, to fully feel unconditional LOVE. This holiday season you can practice receiving by taking some time at the end of each day to give thanks. Reflect on what happened during the day and list at least three things you are grateful for. This is a great exercise to do with your family or loved ones. By celebrating, receiving, and giving thanks for the great things that happened during the day you will be opening yourself up to receive more love and abundance.
I am wishing each of you a very warm, joyous Christmas, filled with lot's of Love!