The holidays are supposed to be a time of peace, love and hope. But all too often, we get caught up in the “have-to’s” and “should’s” of the season, turning what should be an occasion of celebration into one of stress.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Start by taking control of the craziness by following these simple tips to de-stress your holiday.
Then, during “Three Gifts” week (December 21 – 27), focus on sharing the gifts of love, peace and hope.
- Love—What can you do to foster more love in the world? How can you show love to those around you—family, friends and the community at large? And how can you love yourself—how can you treat yourself with more respect, affection and care?
- Peace—With all the fear, hatred and unrest in the world, what can you do to create peace? Do you need to speak more gently or be more understanding? Can you take a stronger stand—actively work with groups that combat prejudice and aggression or support in whatever way you can those organizations caring for victims of violence?
- Hope—All too often hope seems in short supply. Lives are filled with fear and doubt, overshadowed with worries about what tomorrow will bring. It seems almost impossible to believe that things will get better when there is a steady stream of bad news. Now, more than ever, you need to have hope. You must believe that life is worth living, that you have the strength to handle whatever challenges come your way, that each day has the potential to bring one small, good, positive thing. Look for that one gift. Seek it out. And when you find it—a smile from a stranger, a bit of sunlight on an otherwise dismal day, a tiny piece of good news (or at least, the absence of any bad!)—focus on it with all your power and attention. You may find that it is enough to get you through until tomorrow.
The most important gifts you can give this December won’t be found in a store but in your heart and mind and spirit. Share the gifts of love, peace and hope. The best part about these gifts is that they are one-size-fits-all!