It seems like stress is inevitable during the holiday season. There is a daunting list of things to do, money to spend, people to see, and places to go. It can be a whirlwind of events and emotions that can leave you fried and frazzled if you don’t take the time to de-stress. These easy and fulfilling steps will ensure that you will be present, engaged, and most importantly, enjoy the holiday season.

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Take Time for Yourself, At Least Once a Day

Yes, it can seem impossible, but even if it is your morning cup of coffee, take time to be present. Focus on your senses. It is through engaging in the senses that you can experience joy and being aware of yourself and in the moment. The list of things you get to tackle that day won’t seem overwhelming when you approach them from a place of inner strength. It is from our own abundance that we can truly give from the heart and enjoy the holidays. Try to meditate on a symbol that resonates with you and carry it with you throughout the day on a bangle or necklace to remind yourself to be centered. Not sure which symbol is best? Unearth your soul symbol by taking our quiz!

Shift Your Perspective

How many times have you said I have to, instead of, I get to? When we list off the tasks to be done during the holiday season, it can quickly turn into a frenzy. However, when we realize these are all opportunities we get to do, it shows the truly joyous nature of the many activities the holidays entail. Thinking with gratitude reveals the magic of the tasks at hand. And when you feel overwhelmed, it is important to remember, it certainly beats being underwhelmed! Maybe everything won’t be done that day, and that’s okay. An amazing part of the holidays is to laugh and enjoy the experience with the ones you love. So take a step back, take a deep breath, and shift your focus to something that better serves you.

Spend Time in Merriment

Indulging in the abundance of love available in the holidays can be easily attainable through laughing, dancing, singing, eating, and looking at every experience with child-like wonder. Remember what it was like to be younger during the holiday season? The excitement of getting dressed up and receiving and giving gifts? The sheer amazement of the lights and decorations around people’s homes, and eating amazing food with your family? Let yourself be blown away by the small things, spend time in bewilderment, fall in love with everything you can. Get carried away with excitement!

These moments are so precious. You have the power to be engaged, be present, and enjoy the holidays with the ones you love. The experiences you have form your entire life, how would you wish to spend yours? Let us know how you de-stress during the holidays by tagging us on Twitter @ALEXANDANI.

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Ani Ferlise
Written by Ani Ferlise
A wild woman living amongst the trees in Oregon, I can be found listening to classic rock, talking with my cat Patrick Swayze, and playing with crystals and herbs. I am the Creative Copywriter, creating content filled with how to enjoy the little things and the magic of every day life. I live my life by Bob Dylan’s quote: “All I can do is be me, whoever that is.”