Prepare for the holidays: Ho Ho Ho … or Bah!

Some of my clients fear that the holiday season, as they are often stress, pressure, expectations, guilt, disappointment, pain, loneliness, fatigue … and the list goes on.

It is an option. We chose to spend time with. We chose the activities that we say yes and no. We choose where we are going. Your holiday season can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose to do, and this can be a lot of fun if you plan accordingly.

Spend some time this week to reflect on what is most important to you this season, and then do some planning. Here are some suggestions to help you.

==> Create a list of holiday rituals that are important to you.

Look for your family’s comments on holiday decisions. Ask family members what they liked and disliked vacations last year. Consider the most important elements and activities you want to include this year and expect that to happen.

Keeping traditions or rituals that there is not enough time “simply because we have always done it this way” can increase stress. Keep only the traditions that have meaning for you or create new ones.

Give yourself permission to be in the moment and enjoy the smells, sounds, senses and tastes that are unique for this time of year.