Balancing Act: Mastering the Art of Holiday Planning

The season of giving is upon us, and perhaps it’s a good time for an emotional reset before the scurrying begins. Amid the turmoil in the world around us, life can feel like a constant balancing act, making it even more critical for us all to find grounding space.

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For those who remember when the Sears catalog landed on the front doorstep, sending shimmering hopes of a visit from Santa – Would it be Barbie? A new bike?  – the anticipation was at a high point! As a child my focus was on the twinkling lights and the anticipated visit from the jolly man himself.

For my mom and dad, the holiday season was tied to frenzied realization that an extensive to-do list was forming: holiday meal planning, shopping, packages and cards being shipped, then wrapping for Santa in addition to their work and daily home life schedules. Then in a blink, the holidays were over, and a new year was upon us!

Though we may strive for a pleasant and harmonious holiday, we all need to pause and remember that the season’s essence is about spending quality time with loved ones, expressing gratitude, and sharing moments of joy. Holiday traditions, regardless of faith, can create special memories. By focusing on those we are with, planning so the last minute doesn’t overwhelm us, and embracing the imperfections, the journey is often a more rewarding experience.

Taking care of your mental and emotional health is essential, especially during the holiday season and in a world of uncertainty and turmoil. The idea is to end the balancing act and place yourself on solid footing. Remember that emotional well-being is a personal journey, and what works for one person may not work for another. Find practices that resonate with you and make you feel more grounded and centered amid the scurry of the season.

Here are a few ideas that are simple to implement:

  • Set Realistic Expectations: Don’t overcommit or set unrealistic goals for yourself. Be aware of your limits and what you can realistically accomplish. Making lists can be a HUGE asset!
  • Boundaries: Set clear boundaries with others to protect your time and energy. Learn to say no when necessary and avoid overextending yourself.
  • Physical Activity: Exercise can be a great stress reliever. It releases endorphins and can also help clear your mind. And yes, you do have time for it! Even a 30-minute walk makes a difference.

Above all, don’t forget to be kind to yourself and not criticize when things go awry.

Peace on earth begins with peace within. Don’t forget, to breathe.



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