Does that title create feelings of joyful anticipation, or send chills of dread down your spine — or something in between? So many of us get hung up on thinking that holidays have to be celebrated a certain way. Rituals have to be maintained — no matter what! Money has to be spent, whether we have it to spend or not. Parties have to be given and/or attended, whether we’re up to it or not. And on and on…
Do you feel just a little tense reading those few sentences? I know I do! Holidays can be wonderful, but they can also be very stressful. The problem isn’t the holidays. The problem is our concept of what behaviors have to go with the holidays!
What about giving yourself the freedom of choice this year? How would you like to celebrate the holidays? What if you could do what you really want to do, instead of what you think you’re supposed to do? Could you trust people to still keep loving you, even if you don’t turn yourself inside out trying to cover all the bases?
Give it some thought! Maybe this year could be the start of doing things a little easier — being a little kinder to yourself. It’s possible you know!
Until next time,