The Holidays can be tough on a lot of people. This time of year can trigger past traumas for some and create a sense of overwhelm and frustration for others. Whether you associate the Holidays with painful experiences, have recently lost a loved one, or are a highly sensitive, empathic person, this list of tools can help you find joy, magic, and maybe even some peace this Holiday season!
Here are the 7 ways to shift your mindset and embrace the Holiday Spirit in a way that's authentic for YOU-
1. Be OPEN and WILLING to have a NEW experience this year.
Every shift begins within. This one is no different. In order to have a different experience, you have to be willing and open to it. So take some time to release the past and open your mind, heart, and soul up to the idea of something new this season.
2. Consciously Set Your Mindset.
Now that you're open and willing, start to consider what your intention for this Holiday will be. What do you want to feel or experience? Setting your mindset is a way to train your brain to purposefully seek out, notice, and create a certain type of experience. It's sort of like when you do a gratitude list and then you start to notice all the things you have to be grateful for.
3. Honor Loved Ones in the Afterlife in Ways That Feel Good.
Your loved ones are always with you, and they LOVE to come watch over us during the Holidays to see us carry out old traditions and create new ones. It can be hard getting back in the holiday spirit after grieving. Your loved ones truly enjoy when you incorporate them into your celebrations. Some fun ways to do that can be setting up a chair at the table for them, cooking or eating their favorite food, playing their favorite music, doing something that they would have loved. It's also a way to connect with them and let them know that they can come visit and leave you signs.
4. Live Like it's the Last Holiday Season You'll Have Where You Are, With the People Around You.
Life is constantly changing, and yet so many people fall into routines around the Holidays. What if it was the last year that things would be this way for you? What if there are big changes coming? We aren't guaranteed time, and neither are our loved ones. And who knows who could move, get married, have children, etc. Try to be present and enjoy the circumstances you have this year.
5. Give. Good Deeds, Volunteer, Spread Kindness.
Giving is the number one way to create magical, joyful energy. You can volunteer or do a good deed for someone. Maybe invite someone over who you know is alone this Holiday. If you don't have the time, you can still spread kindness and positivity and give back that way.
6. Self Care.
Winter is a time of the year where the dark nights are longer and naturally we all feel a calling to retreat, go within, and be quiet. It's also a time when society tells us to prioritize socializing and celebrating. Finding the balance between these polarities can be a challenge, but it is possible. Make sure you schedule your self care time as deliberately as you schedule your socializing time. And during weeks where you have a lot on your plate, schedule in some recovery time to restore yourself. Also, set healthy boundaries for yourself. Limit the time and energy you give toxic experiences. If you do need to go out and about with challenging people, try visualizing yourself wrapped in a bubble of light, ask your Angels and Spirit to clear you of any and all energy that's not yours, sage yourself, use essential oils and/or crystals. You deserve to feel good and clear.
7. Share Your Needs and Desires.
Communication is huge! Share your intentions, boundaries, and desires for this Holiday Season with your friends and family. Without placing expectations on them, invite them to join you for fun things, or maybe they'll express wanting to refresh their Holiday traditions as well and you can build a different experience this year together! If they don't want to participate in what you're creating, at least you will know and can then set boundaries and communicate what you are choosing to do to fulfill your own needs and desires while giving them the space to do what they want. But usually, when you share from your heart, people receive it better than you think they will! ;)
I hope these tips help make a positive difference for you! They sure have transformed my Holiday experiences, and have helped many of my clients. Please know that you are loved and appreciated. If you need any extra support, I am currently booking one on one and group sessions, so don't hesitate to reach out!
Happy Holidays and Lots of LOVE to YOU!!!!!!!!