The holidays can be very overwhelming for some people. Are you among them? Rather that feeling joyous and looking forward to spending time the way you like, the holidays bring a sense of unhappiness, dread, or somewhere in between.
You'll uplift the energy and things will feel much better. Use natural cleaning products, rather than ones with chemical additives or artificial fragrances.
This comes under the category of "give everything a home." When too much is left out in the open, a space can feel overwhelming.
They're associated with depression and can drag your energy down.
To make things easy, store them in the same container or box that you're taking out. That way they're easy to find when you're ready to display them again.
If any item no longer brings you joy, let it go. You can pass it along to someone else, donate it, or sell it. If it's broken and you want to keep it, repair it. If it's beyond repair, toss it out.
At the end of the season, you won't have to store it either.
A fresh poinsettia or fresh evergreens or flowers are a great way to shift the chi.
They bring a smile to many faces during the dark days of winter.
If you don't put up a tree you can still display some of your favorite seasonal objects.
There's no need to get stressed about multiple invitations or invitations from people you'd rather not spend time with. Do the holidays your way. It's OK. You'll be happier.
You can still indulge and have lots of treats. There's no need to overdo it though. You'll feel better if you practice moderation and only serve and eat what you like.
My husband and I started doing this years ago. Rather than host 25 people for dinner or a gathering we realized that we preferred to have quiet celebrations as a family of three. We look forward to the holidays and spend them the way we like, without any guilt.
If you love the holidays and how they unfold for you, terrific! If they bring you stress, perhaps change at least one practice this year. Identify what causes you the most tension and put a strategy in place to reduce and redirect it. You'll be happier and healthier as a result.