It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
The beautiful contradiction of the holiday season is this: We have an internal longing for peace, reflection, and harmony… yet our calendar (and our families!) often can send us in the opposite direction! As a result, holiday anxiety is a real thing this time of year.
The gap between our expectations (“We need this to be the best December ever!”) and our reality (“What? We can’t have the annual Ugly Holiday Sweater party, my mother is still haranguing me about my partner, and our company is looking at layoffs?!?! Happy f’ing Hanu-Kwan-Mas!”) can create even MORE drama and stress.
It’s easy to feel like we’re failing, or we’re not enough, or that life (and our jobs, and our families, and our friends, and our cooking, and well, everything) just sucks.
As I got older, as genuine loss and tragedy accompanied many of my family’s holiday events, we sat down with a good helping of sorrow, loss, fighting, and booze passed around the table like a bowl full of mashed potatoes (accompanied with a nice ladle of guilt and shame!). We wanted to create something different, but we just didn’t know-how. Outer conditions told us what our life meant. We didn’t know about the tools we needed to create an inner shift that would allow us to show up differently for each other.
The more stressed we are emotionally and physically, the more likely we’re going to fall into old patterns of behavior and thinking. That’s why it’s critical that you take time, push the pause button, and find nurturing ways for managing holiday stress.
Here are a few of my very favorite types of self-care for this busy season. They don’t take a ton of time, and they’re sure to help you banish the holiday blues and create an energy shift.
Yes, yes, yes, I talk a lot about journaling as a tool for self-care and anxiety relief… because it works!
Not only are the pages of your journal a safe place to dump and explore the horror of the family dinner you just sat through, it’s also a great way to create intentions before those stressful moments. It’s also great to write things down when you love the experience too.
To help reframe your thinking, do daily affirmation work, or write out new endings to old scenarios. Your inner talk impacts your emotions, your perspective, and even the very cells of your body!
For more tips on how to journal for self-care, you can watch the replay of my free Magic of Journaling Workshop here.
Yup, here’s another form of spiritual self-care for me. Research shows that even a few minutes of mindful meditation has a significant impact on stress levels and emotional well-being.
If you’re just getting started meditating or are having trouble quieting your thoughts, try a guided meditation… they’re a perfect way to truly relax!
Spiritual Self-Care Tip #3 – Facial Figure 8
I just looked up the “official” name of this, and it’s apparently called “facial effleurage.” (So fancy! I just call it “making a figure eight on your face.” LOL!)
In just a few seconds, this process calms the nervous system and relaxes many of your facial muscles, such as the ones that wrinkle your forehead and raise and lower your eyebrows.
You can use it in conjunction with tapping as well — and it works great on dogs and babies, too! It’s easier to understand when you watch it in action, so here’s a short video:
Oracle Cards are the new spiritual self-care! Especially if you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, you may not have the time or emotional space for a multi-card spread, but you still could do with a little “hit” from Spirit!
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